Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham speaks to Nigeria as England face tug-of-war
Nigeria are going to make an audacious attempt to steal Tammy Abraham from England’s grasp.
The African country have held talks with the Chelsea forward as they try and convince him to pledge his allegiance to the Super Eagles.
Abraham has said he will wait until April 2020 before making his decision.
He faces a battle to play regularly for England given their wealth of talent in attack and Nigeria hope to use this to their advantage.
Amaju Pinnock, Nigeria’s Football Federation president, said: “We will not relent in our quest for good players to play for the country and win laurels.
“We will keep talking to good players of Nigerian descent to play for their Fatherland.
“But these kids are very independent minded. We have been told to wait until April 2020, when he hopes to make a final decision on the matter.
“I told him that he had a better chance of playing regularly for Nigeria than with England, which has a galaxy of strikers.”
Abraham has been capped for England twice – against Germany and Brazil in 2017 – but can still switch to Nigeria because he hasn’t played in a competitive international.
Harry Kane, Callum Wilson and Marcus Rashford have been selected by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming internationals against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
The trio have almost 200 goals between them, while Abraham recently broke his duck in the top flight.
The Chelsea frontman has bagged a brace in consecutive weeks, but he still remains in the international wilderness.
Abraham made 25 appearances for the England U21s scoring on nine occasions and is now looking to set up.
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha played twice for the Three Lions before switching to the Ivory Coast in 2017 when his opportunities dried up.