Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham says he had never expressed any interest in playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Abraham is among the leading goalscorers in the English Premier League and he is the rising star for Chelsea football club. He said that his international dream has always been to represent England and not the three-time African champions.
It could be recalled that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had been trying to convince the lanky forward to play for Nigeria. But much was not heard of the conversation despite the visit of the NFF’s president, Amaju Pinnick to London to meet up with him.
Abraham was rewarded for his recent league form by the Three Lions by getting called for the Euro 2020 qualifiers in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria taking place this month.
22-year-old Abraham was born in the UK, but his parents are Nigerian. This makes him eligible to represent the senior national team of Nigeria despite representing England at Under 18, Under 19 and Under 21 levels. He had already made his debut for the national team in England but they weren’t international matches.
The young striker will no longer be able to switch his allegiance to Nigeria if he plays for England in their upcoming matches with his recent call-up to the senior team.
Abraham: These means am doing well
Speaking with Mail Online Sport, Abraham who said that his first choice option has always been the English national team said being wanted by Nigeria means he is doing well.
“At the back of my head, I’ve always wanted to play for England. I was born and grown in England.
“My dream was always to play for England. It doesn’t affect the fact Nigeria still wanted me, and it’s a big nation. I love both nations. My head was just screwed on with England.
‘I’m here and I’m ready to stay. I want to do the best I can. That means playing well, for club and country,’ he said.
His fellow teammate, Fikayo Tomori also got called up to the team. He had played for the Canadian youth side before switching his allegiance. He is also from to Nigerian parents.