Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo ready to dump England for Nigeria

Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo ready to dump England for Nigeria

England Under-20 World Cup winner Sheyi Ojo says he would consider playing for Nigeria at senior international level – if the West African country came calling.

The 21-year-old, who is on loan at French club Reims from Liverpool, is eligible to play for the Super Eagles because his parents are Nigerians.


Under Fifa rules he can switch allegiances because he is yet to play for the senior side.

And, despite 43 England caps from under-16 to under-21 level, Ojo is keen to fly with the Eagles.

“To be honest, I don’t know much about it (Nigeria interest), but if they call me I’d be honoured to go to Nigeria,” Ojo told BBC’s Oluwashina Okeleji.

“It’s obviously a massive nation. I’m just really focused on club football at the moment, but I’m excited for the future, both club and country.

“My parents are originally from Nigeria as well, so they know a lot about it. They’ve always been keen on the idea [to represent Nigeria] but so far I’ve mainly been focusing on club football.

“It’s starting to get to the time where I have to start thinking about my future. And of course, if Nigeria were to call me now it would be an honour.”

Ojo played five matches including the 1-0 win over Venezuela in the 2017 Fifa U-20 World Cup final to help England to their biggest international title since 1966.

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