England Boss Gareth Southgate Advises Chelsea Star To Snub Nigeria
Published: September 12, 2019
England Boss Gareth Southgate Advises Chelsea Star To Snub Nigeria
England boss Gareth Southgate has advised Tammy Abraham to reject the overtures of the Nigeria Football Federation and stick with his country of birth, England.

Speculation over the international future of the Chelsea striker has refused to die down despite the player not making himself available for the Super Eagles when he was first approached in 2017.

It is a big challenge for Abraham to get into the present England squad as he is behind Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Callum Wilson in the pecking order of strikers, but Southgate has hinted that the dual-eligible player is up for consideration for their upcoming matches.

''Tammy is a young player that we’ve always liked, we know he’ll score goals,'' Southgate was quoted as saying by Daily Express.

''We felt it was a bit early this time to call him up, but we really can see that he can offer us something moving forward.

''We gave him a cap back in November of 2017.

''For sure, we need to make certain that he feels that the opportunity is going to be there. I’m pretty sure he does, he knows us well enough.''

Abraham has had a fine start to the season, scoring four goals in his first four appearances in the Premier League.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

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