Nigerian Football Federation vice-president admits sadness at missing out on Tottenham's Dele Alli and Liverpool's Jordon Ibe

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The pair could have played for Nigeria.

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has made great strides this season and has recently made his international breakthrough.

The 19-year-old, the nephew of former Bolton hero Jay Jay Okocha, has three caps for Nigeria after making his debut for the Super Eagles in October last year.

Iwobi’s decision to play for Nigeria, despite representing England at youth level, follows in the footsteps of the likes of Victor Moses, Victor Anichebe and Shola Ameobi – but others have decided to play for England instead.

Two of these players are Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool stars Dele Alli and Jordon Ibe.

Spurs’ Alli is now a regular in the England set-up whilst Liverpool youngster Ibe has so far made it clear to Nigeria that he wishes to represent England.

Speaking to KingFut this week the Nigerian Football Federation’s vice-president Shehu Dikko spoke of this disappointment for the nation:

“It’s sad we lost players like Deli Alli and Jordan Ibe. It’s not for want of trying but it’s their family’s decision to send the player to England rather than Nigeria and we wish them luck as they still made us proud seeing them playing for England as they still motivate our players here and establish the talents available to us.

“But really as we gradually fix our football administration and structures here it will be much much easier to attract these players and this is exactly what we will do.”

Alli looks like going on to become a top option for England. He has already put in a couple of man-of-the-match performances and the Spurs talent is looking like a potential starter at Euro 2016.

Ibe on the other hand does not look likely to make an England debut any time soon.

He is some way off the Liverpool first-team and nowhere near the England senior set-up at the moment.

So perhaps he might one day reconsider his choice.

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