Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has confirmed he remains fully committed to playing for England after informing the FA that he has not switched allegiances to play for Nigeria.
The striker, who is currently on loan at Swansea City, was reportedly close to playing for the country where his father was born, but he was quoted by the BBC as saying:
“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England. Contrary to reports in the media I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance.”
The head of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick, who is a childhood friend of Abraham’s father, said he was confident the 19 year old would play for Nigeria after meeting with the player. The England Under 21 international did confirm a meeting took place, but he denied that he agreed to play for Nigeria:
“I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father. However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.”
Abraham has made 12 appearance for England’s Under 21 side so far, scoring four goals. He has also made appearances at under 18 and under 19 levels.
As you can imagine, the story has been followed closely by fans on Twitter. Here is their reaction to the story:
If England let Tammy Abraham go and play for Nigeria without a fight could be a big mistake
— luke candler (@lukas8909) 22 September 2017
Tammy Abraham owns his life,he decides to play for any country of his choice.no controverse.
— Bankole kenny (@Bankolekenny5) 22 September 2017
Well he was born in Camberwell. Stop making this a big thing. He’s English.
— Paul (@paulyboym1) 22 September 2017
Some Nigerian fans weren’t so happy though
A very poor choice if you ask me. You will never get to play for England Tammy . Ask Ibe he will tell you how it all goes south from here.
— BLACK HAMMER (@kenniestrap) 22 September 2017
@tammyabraham make the right decision,u’ll be behind Kane,Vardy and Welbeck
— E-m Ekene (@dat_little_f) 22 September 2017
@tammyabraham come and play where you are needed.where you’d be relevant and take the chance to earn the love of over 180million people.
— Rotr. Eke Chinedu (@official_eke) 22 September 2017