Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, known as Tammy Abraham has reiterated that he never considered to play for Nigeria at international level despite repeated overtures from the Nigerian Football Federation.The London-born professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Swansea City, on loan from Chelsea, has earned a callup for the England senior national team.
Reports have it that Abraham’s father is a Nigerian and a childhood friend of Nigerian federation president Amaju Pinnick, who claimed in September that Abraham had decided to play for the West African country.
But Abraham who denied the claim appeared not to nurse a second has he gets set for his England debut in the November 10 and 14 friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
“I see myself as being a long-term England player,” Abraham, 20, told reporters at England’s St George’s Park training base in Burton-on-Trent, central England on Monday.
“I was pretty set on England really and playing in the Premier League meant it would be nice to play in the England team as well.”
Abraham is on loan at Swansea City from Chelsea and has scored five goals in his first 14 appearances for the Welsh club.
Asked about Nigeria’s interest, he said: “It was flattering, but for me my main focus was here. It was nice to know that I was doing something right and going in the right direction.”
England play world champions Germany at Wembley on Friday and tackle Brazil at the same venue on November 14 as they launch their preparations for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
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