Ex-England international John Fashanu has told Nigerian newspaper the Peoples Post that he will try and convince Jordon Ibe to snub England in favour of Nigeria.
Fashanu, who snubbed Nigeria in favour of England in the 1980s, believes he is the perfect person to advise Ibe on his international career and would suggest the Super Eagles over the Three Lions due to the amount of international caps he could win.
‘’I was in a similar situation,’’ said Fashanu. ‘’I was invited to play for the Eagles and on invitation I came on three different occasions under Otto Gloria, the Brazilian 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 [Ibe] 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.’’
Why Ibe shouldn’t listen to Fashanu…
The views from Fashanu are coming directly from a player that was previously stung by his choice of picking England over Nigeria over 20 years ago.
Ibe is arguably the best, or at least one of the best, English players within his age range at the minute and while you cannot predict the future, all signs are pointing to the South London-born winger becoming a world class player.
The theory that Ibe may only win one or two international caps during his career is also another wild claim based on his – Fashanu’s – bad experience during his playing career.
Based on this season, there have been very few teenagers breakthrough into the Premier League and make the impact the former Derby County loan star has. Although, admittedly, he has only managed to play a handful of games.
Nevertheless, the 19-year-old has set himself nicely for a fairly important role in the Liverpool squad for next season as Rodgers will look to manage the Reds to their very first Premier League title.
If Ibe can prove himself good enough to play an important part in the Liverpool side next season, similar to Sterling, then his ability over becoming a future England international should not come into doubt.