Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is still undecided on whether he wants to represent the Three Lions or Nigeria. The 22-year-old striker celebrated his birthday with his eighth goal of the season in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Lille in the UCL Wednesday.
The striker had played for England in the senior level in a series of friendly games in 2017 against Germany and Brazil. He likewise represented the country at the youth level. Abraham, however, remains eligible to play for Nigeria.
“I love both nations,” Abraham said. “To be wanted by both nations, clearly I’m doing something right on the pitch for Chelsea. I just have to keep going. My time will come.
“I’m not sure, I haven’t made a decision yet. I’m just focusing on the club now.”
The Chelsea ace is fully aware of his Nigerian heritage and he said that he is really proud of it. He also mentioned that he grew up in an area with lots of African culture and background.
“Even in the changing room nowadays, we play Afrobeats and all sorts. So you’re fully aware that Nigeria is a massive country. It’s global.”
The Three Lions boss, Gareth Southgate will be naming his latest senior squad on Thursday. They will be playing against Czech Republic and Bulgaria in the European Qualifiers.
Chelsea Boss Encourages Abraham to Score More goals
Frank Lampard backed Abraham to continue his stellar performance and score more goals after Chelsea defeated Lille 2-1 in the UCL.
Abraham scored the first goal before Lille equalized in the first half. Willian eventually found the back of the net to give Chelsea the win and Lampard’s first in Europe’s elite club competition.
Abraham’s performance has kept the likes of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi on the bench.
“He’s hungry for goals, physical, gives everything for the team, has quality with the ball at his feet and, while there’s improvement, he’s showing that,” Lampard said.
Lampard said that once Abraham’s level goes down, then they will be looking at Giroud or Batshuayi to see if they can sub him and make a difference.
“At this moment in time, Tammy’s doing really well. That’s his first Champions League goal and hopefully we will see many more and performances like this.”