Nigeria approach Sheyi Ojo to secure international future ahead of England

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Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo could face a decision over whether to commit his international future to either Nigeria or England.

Ojo was born in England but is eligible to turn out for Nigeria through his father, and having impressed in the second half of 2015/16, has emerged on the Super Eagles’ radar.

The 18-year-old, recalled from a loan spell with Wolves in January, has scored one goal and laid on a further four assists in 10 appearances for the Reds this season.

His powerful, energetic performances have seen him rise above Jordon Ibe in the pecking order on the flanks, with Jurgen Klopp clearly an admirer of his potential as a top-level attacker.

Set for a bright future on Merseyside, Ojo could look to establish himself as an England regular in the coming years.

But according to the Mail‘s Dominic King, the Nigerian Football Federation have made a move to secure Ojo’s services on the international stage.

This would follow Arsenal teenager Alex Iwobi’s commitment to Nigeria in March, as the NFF look to call up their finest young talents.

Nigeria’s latest squad, including Iwobi, former Reds loanee Victor Moses and Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, had an average age of just 24.3, underlining their change in focus.

Securing Ojo would be another great move for the NFF, but with the Liverpool star having already turned out for England’s U16, U17, U18 and most recently U19 sides, it remains unclear whether he would make the switch.

The winger did miss out on Gareth Southgate’s latest U21 squad for the Toulon Tournament, however, with Ibe also omitted following his red card against Switzerland in March.

But at 18, Ojo has a big future ahead of him, and whether he elects to commit to England or Nigeria, he is poised to shine on the international stage.

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