Hodgson hints at England call for Liverpool’s Ibe

Date published: Sunday 13th September 2015 11:50

Jordon Ibe: A doubt for England's U21s

Roy Hodgson says “it’s far from impossible” that Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe could earn an England call-up for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

England have already secured their place at next summer’s finals in France, with Hodgson revealing last week that he was likely to use the remaining three qualifiers to experiment.

One of the players seemingly in line for a call up is Ibe, who has only just won his first caps for the Under-21 side but has featured four times for Liverpool so far this season.

“He is someone we’ve been looking at,” said Hodgson.

“I want Jordon to fight for his place in the team, like everyone else, but he is certainly a player we like very much, one who we have our eyes on and no (it’s) far from impossible that he gets called up in one of the next games.”

Hodgson has been keeping an eye on Ibe’s progress for a while having been tipped off by former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

“Many years ago Stevie mentioned Jordon Ibe to me,” Hodgson said.

“He said: ‘We have got this young lad, he is something special.’ He had the same feeling about Raheem (Sterling).

“We must be careful. People take their time. There is competition in his place.

“If he wants to break into our team he will have to keep doing well for Liverpool and maybe keep doing well for the Under-21s and wait his chance. But if you are asking me does he have the potential and ability? Absolutely, 100 per cent.”

Ibe is eligible to play for Nigeria through his father, who was born in the African country, but as far as Hodgson is concerned the winger has already pledged his allegiance to England.

“People play for the (England) Under-21s because they want to play for England,” he said

“If we do call him up it won’t be because we are worried about other nations.”

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