The Nigeria Football Federation is trying to convince England striker Tammy Abraham to snub the Three Lions in favour of the Super Eagles as the Chelsea prodigy remains eligible to play for them.
Born Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham in Camberwell, London, Tammy has featured for England twice, making his debut in a friendly win over Germany in November 2017 before playing against Brazil a week later.
Although having represented England at both under-18 and under-19 level, the talented goal-poacher is allowed to make a nationality switch since he is yet to play in a competitive fixture for the senior side.
The West African country team currently lack a lethal force in the final third following the retirement of Odion Ighalo whose goals helped Nigeria to a third-placed finish at the last Africa Cup of Nations, and NFF President, Melvin Amaju Pinnick sees Abraham as the best man for the role.
‘We will not relent in our quest for good players to play for the country and win laurels. We will keep talking to good players of Nigeria descent to play for their fatherland,’ Amaju Pinnick said.
‘But like you know, these kids are very independent minded. In fact, we have been told to wait until April 2020, when he hopes to make a final decision on the matter.
‘I told him that he stood a better chance of playing regularly for Nigeria than with England, which has a galaxy of strikers of the English stock.’
It is not the first time the NFF is attempting to get Abraham to represent the green and white as it would be recalled that in September 2017, Pinnick- who is close friends with Abraham’s father- claimed that the striker had switched his allegiance to Nigeria.
Abraham however issued a statement denying Pinnick’s claim; and upon receiving his first England call-up in November 2017, the former Aston Villa loanee stated that there was never any prospect of him choosing to play for Nigeria.
Abraham has made a strong start to the season for Chelsea with four goals in six games after being given his chance in the first team by new boss Frank Lampard.