Tammy Abraham has hit back at claims that he is set to switch allegiances from England to Nigeria, report the London Evening Standard.
As the London Evening Standard report, Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick had previously claimed that Abraham had agreed to represent Nigeria at international level, leaving England out in the cold.
Abraham has represented England at U18, U19 and U21 level. It seems bizarre that he would turn his back on his country, especially with Gareth Southgate at the helm, a manager who has worked with the U21s previously and has already drafted Nathaniel Chalobah into the senior side.
Abraham has now dismissed Pinnick’s claims, reaffirming that he is available for selection for England. The Chelsea youngster’s statement is quoted by the London Evening Standard:
“Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance.”
“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.”
As much of a blow as it is for the Super Eagles, who are likely to be on their way to Russia for the World Cup in 2018, it’s great news for England that they are not losing one of their most promising young players.