Promising footballer Tammy Abraham has denied reports he is set to switch international allegiances to Nigeria from England.
The 19-year-old Chelsea striker has cleared confusion in the media in a bid to play at next year’s World Cup. He has insisted: “I remain available for selection for England”.
The Chelsea striker, who is on a season-long loan to Swansea, played for England at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship. He remains eligible for Nigeria through his parents.
Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, recently said he was hopeful of persuading Abraham to switch allegiance. This is despite representing England at various youth levels.
Pinnick also claimed Abraham has agreed to play for Nigeria and added they have now begun the process of applying to Fifa to transfer his registration. Abraham denied those reports and said he remains available for Aidy Boothroyd’s squad.
“I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week,” Pinnick said. “It’s been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively 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,” he said. “If we make it to Russia, he would contest for a chance to represent his fatherland”.
London-born Abraham released a statement to remove any doubt of his position. “Contrary to reports I would like to clarify I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance. I can confirm I met the president of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.
“However, any suggestion I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark. I have informed the FA that I remain available for selection for England.”