Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham warns Southgate he’ll consider Nigeria | Football | Sport
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.
As a result, he is still eligible to pick Nigeria, who he qualifies to play for through his father.
When he played against Germany back in 2017 it appeared he had chosen committed his future to England, but after not being included in the squad for nearly two years the striker admitted he has not ruled out the option of a switch.
Abraham has made a fantastic start to the season and has seven Premier League goals in five appearances so far during this campaign.
The 21-year-old grabbed a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 5-2 win over Wolves on Saturday and afterwards, the speculation over his international future resurfaced.
And speaking after the victory at Molineux, Abraham appeared to leave the door open when asked about the possibility of playing for Nigeria.
“I have heard the talks and I’ve not really been focused on that yet,” he said.
“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.”
Abraham wasn’t included in Southgate’s squad for last week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo and the England boss could now be under pressure to include the Blues academy graduate in the upcoming matches against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October.
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.”
However, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard thinks his young striker has a “great chance” of making his competitive Three Lions debut soon.
“Well the way he’s going, it’s obviously going to put him into that bracket,” Lampard said after the win over Wolves.
“Without telling Gareth what to do but to score seven goals in three games and be top scorer and to play with the quality he’s playing, he’s got all-round quality.
“There’s three different types of goals he’s scored which is exactly what you want from Tammy – a messy one, a good header and a fantastic feet and finish goal.
“He has to sustain it. He has to get even better. He has to be hungry which I know he is. He should never rest on his laurels because there’s more work to be done.
“That England squad is a few weeks away and if he keeps playing at that level then he’ll have a great chance.”