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This should be Ibe's next international call-up, and it's not the England senior team

Adam Morgan And Jordon Ibe

Roy Hodgson is reportedly mulling over an England call-up for Jordon Ibe following interest from Nigeria, but the youngster should focus on the U21s.

According to the Mirror, Roy Hodgson could fast-track Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe to the senior England squad following interest from Nigeria.

The report states: ''Ibe is unlikely to be included in the England squad for the home Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania next month and a friendly away to Italy four days later. However, he could be included in the party for the friendly trip to face the Republic of Ireland in June, which is followed a week later by a qualifier against Slovenia.''

The 19-year-old has been in fine form since returning to Liverpool from Derby County in January and has proved critics wrong that suggested he was brought back merely for a squad place at Anfield.

Days before the Aston Villa away game in mid-January, Brendan Rodgers made the unorthodox call to bring the youngster back from the East Midlands and put him straight into his squad.

After two Premier League cameo appearances, plus a Man of the Match display in the Europa League against Besiktas, the talented youngster was named in the starting line-up against Everton in the Merseyside derby. Although Rodgers' side failed to score and get all three points, the attacker had a big impact on the manager and supporters after smashing the ball into the post from 30 yards within the first half-an-hour of the game.

Since then, he has kept his place in the Liverpool side and helped them to two vital wins, first against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield and then away at Southampton last weekend.

Should Hodgson give Ibe an England call-up?

Despite his recent form, and the interest from Nigeria, it could send out a bad message if Ibe gets an international call-up on the back of a handful of Premier League starts.

He has shown great ability and potential, but until he can truly establish himself in the top-flight and prove he can be consistent over a prolonged period of time then the interest in the player should remain with a view to a future call-up.

Although his international potential is undeniable, the next logical step for Ibe would be to establish himself in the England Under-21 side after failing to make the squad so far in his career.

Gareth Southgate's men will travel to the Czech Republic in June for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, so the opportunity is there for the former Derby loanee to earn a call-up and impress at a prestigious international tournament in the not so distant future.

The Liverpool winger will face competition from the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Tom Ince, Nathan Redmond and Alex Pritchard for a place in the squad in June, so Ibe will have to work hard to earn a place in Southgate's side as he hasn't featured in the qualifiers. Nevertheless, given his recent form, it's difficult to see the former Middlesbrough manager overlooking him.

If called up, it will then be up to Ibe to put down a marker and prove that he can be a viable option for the senior national team. Without making that step first, it does become a dangerous situation if he is fast-tracked ahead of more proven, experienced players.

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