As Nigeria and England tussle for Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe, Nigeria-born ex-England international, John Fashanu, has offered to convince the Reds forward to join the Super Eagles.
In response to recent efforts by the Nigeria Football Federation to woo Ibe, who has a Nigerian father, England last week began making moves to hold onto the 19-year-old, who has been in fine form for Liverpool since returning from Derby County in January.
England manager Roy Hodgson is reportedly considering fast-tracking Ibe’s invitation to the senior England squad. The lad had played for the country at the junior levels.
Fashanu, who failed to play for the Nigeria national team despite being invited in the 1980s, advised Ibe to choose Nigeria over England, saying he stands the chance of getting more international caps with the Eagles than with the Three Lions.
He told our correspondent on Sunday that having been in a similar situation he was best placed to convince Ibe and other Nigerian players bred in Europe to play for the Eagles.
He said, “I was in similar situation. I was invited to play for the Eagles and on invitation I came on three different occasions under Otto Gloria, the Brazillian coach. Sadly, we found that African football was very different from English football. Unfortunately, I couldn’t cope. I wasn’t good enough to play the African football. But now, football is the same all over the world.
“If we go for him fast, which we should do, we can get him. I warn the young man that if he plays for England, the most he will get is one or two caps like I got.
“This is because the standard in England is very high and there are hundreds of excellent footballers who want to play in the England team. But here we have millions of players who want to play for the Super Eagles, but only a few are really good enough.”