Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has called his maiden call-up to the Nigerian national squad a “dream come true” after he was named in the Super Eagles’ squad for the upcoming friendly with Ukraine.

Aribo’s form at Ibrox since his move from English minnows Charlton Athletic has impressed Gernot Rohr and the midfielder could make his international bow on September 1oth.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 04: Joe Aribo of Rangers controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on August 04, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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The Rangers star revealed that he’d spoken with one of the coaches before he was invited to join the squad as he looks to represent the country of his parents’ birth.

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”I am very happy, it is a dream come true to receive the call-up,” Aribo said, as quoted by allnigeriasoccer.com.


”My agent was the first person to inform me that I was invited to the Super Eagles. I had spoken to one of the assistant coaches in the team before the invitation.”

Despite representing England at youth level, Aribo doesn’t need a change of national association to be approved by FIFA meaning there shouldn’t be any red-tape to delay his debut.


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Joe Aribo of rangers celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the Europa League Second Qualifying round first leg match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Accepting a call-up for the Super Eagles over waiting for the Three Lions could have a drastic effect on Aribo’s career with major African finals often played out of sync with the European calendar – while also adding huge amounts of travel for Aribo.

Despite all that, the fact he’s getting international recognition is something that should be applauded and will hopefully go some to shutting up bitter Charlton legends Lee Bowyer and Chris Powell.

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