Six Nigerian-born players were in the England squad that won the 2017 FIFA U-21 World Cup while a couple is with their U-21 team for the European championship.

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have in recent years pursued Nigerian-born players abroad to convince them to commit to the Super Eagles.

Ikeme has revealed that he speaks with of a couple of the players to try to convince them to switch their allegiance to Nigeria.

“I speak to them. Dominic Iorfa is still young, he is just 21; I'm sure with time, he would still play for Nigeria,” Ikeme told the official website of the NFF.

“He still has some time to make the decision. It is promising that we have a lot of players of Nigerian descent in England and across Europe and I think it's something we can tap into and help make our team stronger.”

Ikeme missed out on Super Eagles shocking home 2-0 loss to South Africa on Saturday, June 10 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

Despite the defeat, the Super Eagles first-choice goalkeeper is confident that Nigeria will make it to the 2019 AFCON.

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“I was watching the game. Like you said, it's our first competitive loss against them. There are still plenty of games to play to qualify for the Cup of Nations, so we are still confident that we will qualify,” the 32-year-old said.

“We have a good team and a good coach as well, so I'm sure we will be okay.”

Ikeme is making a return from an injury and could be available for the Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in August and September.