Chelsea player Tammy Abraham has sent a note of warning to Gareth Southgate, the English Senior national team coach, to choose Nigeria ahead of England if he is not called upon soonest.
The striker qualifies to play for both nations through his Nigerian father, who is a close personal friend of the Super Eagles’ Federation President Amaju Pinnick, The Sun UK reports.
Abraham appeared to have committed to England when he snubbed Nigeria to make his senior Three Lions debut in a friendly against Germany in November 2017.
However he hasn’t featured in the 22 months since and was overlooked again by Southgate for last week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
He is well aware of the Super Eagles renewed interest in him and, after scoring a stunning hat-trick against Wolves, refused to rule out making a shock switch.
“I have heard the talk. When the time comes, the time comes”
Asked if he still had to make a major decision on his international future, Abraham replied:
I have not really focused on that yet. I’m focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories. We never know. You can never say never … whatever comes first really.”