If it all goes to plan, Chelsea’s wonderkid, Tammy Abraham will be playing in the colours of Nigeria, and not England at senior level according to the Nigeria Football Federation.
Abraham, who is currently on Loan at Swansea City, is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge and England.
He has represented England at all youth levels, including playing a key role in the recently concluded European U-21 championship, where he scored three goals.
However, the 19-year-old, who scored 26 goals while on loan at Bristol City last season, is considering switching his allegiance to Nigeria, according to the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick. “Most recently, there was a meeting with Tammy, which Tammy’s agent, Neil Fewills also attended,” Pinnick said. “It was a useful meeting, and I can say the talks are at an appreciable level now and all is looking good.
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“Tammy is like a son to me, because his father was my childhood friend. I believe he is a good prospect for the Super Eagles and the effort is well worth it.
Pinnick added: “I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week. 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 played 5 games this season for Swansea, scoring once.