Chelsea Striker Tammy Abraham Has Threatened to Play For Nigeria if he is Not Picked For England Soon
TAMMY ABRAHAM has threatened to play for Nigeria if Gareth Southgate doesn’t hurry up and pick him again for England.
The Chelsea striker has already appeared for England in two friendlies against Brazil and Germany but has yet to make his competitive debut for the Three Lions.
Nigeria has been hoping Abraham can be persuaded to switch allegiance to them, UK DailyMail reports.
And when asked about the Nigeria interest, he was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: “I have heard the talks and I’ve not really been focused on that yet.
“I think when the time comes, the time comes. We never know.
“You can never say never, whatever comes first really. It is about focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories.”
That will send alarm bells ringing with Southgate, who has failed to nail Abraham’s colours to the England mast by playing him in a competitive match.
And when previously asked about Abraham’s prospects, Southgate said: “Tammy is one of a number of players who have either started the season well or we know well from our junior teams. This squad can look different over the next months.”
On Tuesday he could make his Champions League debut when Valencia visit Stamford Bridge.
And he said: “I have grown up watching big stars playing in the Champions League, and to play in it myself would obviously be a dream.
“Players like the gaffer (Frank Lampard), Didier Drogba and John Terry are great legends. They have been there and done it. I would like to follow the same path.
“I am delighted to be scoring goals for a team I have grown up loving and have always wanted to play for. It is just an amazing feeling and hasn’t kicked in yet.
“Hopefully this is the beginning of a great career at Chelsea. I’m living the dream and I need to keep it running.”