Reims winger Sheyi Ojo has stated his readiness to honour Nigeria’s invitation to the national team if they come calling now.
The 21-year-old has represented England at all youth levels from the U16 to U21 and was a key member of the squad that won the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup in South Korea.
Ojo, who was born to Nigerian parents in Hertfordshire, has revealed that he would ‘never turn down’ the three-time African champions but rather think about the call before making his decision.
“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,” Ojo 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.
“Of course, if I was to get selected I’d definitely think about it, I’d never turn down Nigeria.
“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.”
Over the years, the Nigeria Football Federation have convinced ex-England youth internationals with Nigeria descent – Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Sone Aluko, Ola Aina – to turn out for the country.
The Liverpool loanee who moved to the French Ligue 1 on a season-long loan this summer could also join the growing list of England-born players in Gernot Rohr’s set-up.