Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has said he always dreamt of playing for England and not the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Concise News.
Abraham, 22, was called up by the England Three Lions for the 2020 Euro qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria taking place this month.
The Blues’ star whose parents are from Nigeria was courted by the West African nation but the former England youth international said he never thought of playing for the three-time African champions.
If he plays for the England team during the qualifiers, he would not be able to feature for the Super Eagles at the international level again.
According to him, having two nations interested in him is a pointer that he is doing well in his career.
“For me, it’s always nice to be wanted by two nations. Clearly, it means you’re doing something well,” he told Daily Mail.
“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. Just hopefully I can get many years experience under my belt for England.”
Eagles Not Missing Out
A former Super Eagles assistant Coach Fatai Amoo is not bothered as Chelsea duo Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham dumped Nigeria for England.
Nigeria had wanted the youngsters to switch allegiance to the West African nation after playing for England at youth level.
They have, however, chosen to pitch tent with the European side but Amoo believes Nigeria should not be bothered.
According to him, the country is blessed with enormous talents and as such would not be hit by the development.
“We are now putting the horse before the cart and that is why we are always looking for players born abroad with Nigeria root,” he told Brila FM.
“We put ourselves into this situation because I believe we have qualities that are better than Abraham and Fikayo in the country.”
Amoo noted that with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis who was named in the UEFC Champions League team of the week, Nigeria should not be worried about the Chelsea duo.
“Seeing how Osimhen and Dennis are playing in the UEFA Champions League has shown that Nigeria is blessed with talents and they have not seen anything yet from Osimhen and Dennis,” he added.
“So we should not lose sleep over the decision of Abraham and Fikayo to play for England. We all know those that made this kind of decision in the past and they were latter dump by England.
“So, Nigeria should forget about them and focus on the players we have. No need forcing anyone to play for Nigeria.”