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I’m ready to dump England for Eagles – Sheyi Ojo

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England Under-20 World Cup winner Sheyi Ojo says he will  consider playing for  the Super Eagles – if  Nigeria came calling.
The 21-year-old, who is on loan at French club Reims from Liverpool, is eligible to play for Nigeria  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,”  the winger  told BBC Sport.
“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.”
Nigeria have previously succeeded in snapping up former England youth internationals like Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina.
Ojo, who joined Liverpool from MK Dons as a youth prospect in 2011, would love to join such an illustrious list.
“Of course, if I was to get selected I’d definitely think about it, I’d never turn down Nigeria,” said Ojo.
“I’m from Nigeria originally so it’d be an honour, likewise with England as well. If I keep doing well, opportunities will come by for club and country.
“It’s not really something I’m thinking about at the moment but you never know what could happen in the future.”
For the moment, Ojo who has one goal in 13 appearances for Liverpool’s senior side, is focusing on establishing himself with Reims.
After loan spells with Wigan Athletic, Wolves and, last season, Fulham, where he scored four goals in 24 appearances for the Cottagers, he opted for a challenge outside England to prove himself.

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