Abraham ‘agrees to play for Nigeria and not England’

Date published: Thursday 21st September 2017 12:20 - Joe Williams

Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham has decided to switch international allegiance, according to Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick.

Abraham, who is on loan at Swansea in the Premier League this campaign, has previously represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 level and currently has nine Under-21 caps.

Despite that, Abraham remains eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his Nigerian father and could represent the African nation at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week,” said Pinnick.

“It’s been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England. He and his parents have started the necessary documents to effect the switch.

“Clearly he understands he stands a better chance playing for the Super Eagles. With his talent he has the ability to fight for a place in the Nigeria squad, by God’s grace we make it to Russia, then he would contest for a chance to represent his fatherland.”

Abraham has yet to break into the Chelsea first team on a regular basis but the 19-year-old did score 23 goals in 41 appearances for Bristol City in the Championship last season.

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