Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that he has approached QPR's Ebere Eze to play for Nigeria.
In an interview with BBC's Osasu Obayiuwana, the German tactician revealed that one of his assistants had made contact with the player's mother to try and convince him to maintain his international allegiance.
Rohr, however, stated that while they hope to keep tabs on him, the player has requested to be given more time before committing his future.
“We have approached him, but not directly. @tundefootyafric, my assistant, spoke to his mum. What we understand is that there is a lot of pressure on him and @EbereEze10 doesn’t want to give an answer now,” Rohr told Osasu.
“Obviously, we would love to have him in the @NGSuperEagles, of course! We continue to work on getting him. It may take some time.”
Ebere was born in Greenwich, England, to Nigerian parents which makes him eligible to play for both countries.
He has been capped seven times by England at U-20 level but could still play for Nigeria if he decides, having not played any competitive match for the Three Lions.
The attacking midfielder has been in fine form for Championship side, QPR, this season scoring 6 goals and provided four assists for his teammates.
In September, the 21-year-old was named in the England U-21 national team squad that faced Turkey and Kosovo but he was an unused substitute in both games.
Before now, Ebere was given a late invite to the Super Eagles ahead of the international friendly against Burkina Faso in London in 2017. The match was later cancelled.