Sheyi Ojo Says He Would “Never Turn Down Nigeria”

Sheyi Ojo Says He Would “Never Turn Down Nigeria”

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Sheyi Ojo says he is open to playing for the Super Eagles if coach Gernot Rohr gives him a call up.

Sheyi who was part of the English team that won the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup in South Korea has represented England at U16 through U21.

The 21-year-old who is on loan at Reims from Liverpool says he’d never turn Nigeria down but think about it.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Ojo said:

“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.”

“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.”

Sheyi Ojo has Nigerian parents but was born in Hertfordshire, England. If he elects to play for the Nigeria, he’d join a growing list of foreign-born who now play for the Eagles.

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