Nigeria have made a personal appeal to Jordan Ibe to switch international allegiance from England after their head coach, Sunday Oliseh, visited the Liverpool winger at Melwood on Wednesday.
Ibe has represented England at under-18, 19 and 20 level and the Football Association hopes the talented 19-year-old will graduate to full international honours, with Brendan Rodgers looking for the winger to secure a regular first-team role at Liverpool this season.
He could still play for Nigeria, though, because he has not yet played for England in a senior competitive international. The Football Association faces a battle to avoid losing the London-born teenager, who qualifies to play for the Super Eagles through his father, David.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated that Ibe will have a significant role to play for his club over the coming months.
The winger impressed, mainly in a wing-back role, during the second half of last season after Rodgers recalled him early from a loan spell at Championship side Derby.
Ibe is focusing on following up an impressive pre-season for Liverpool by clinching a place in the lineup for Sunday’s Premier League opener at Stoke City and FA officials have considered fast-tracking the youngster into Roy Hodgson’s senior ranks to ward off Nigeria’s interest.