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Abraham: I Never Considered Playing For Nigeria, My Main Focus Was England

Abraham: I Never Considered Playing  For Nigeria, My Main Focus Was England

Swansea City striker, Tammy Abraham, has categorically stated that he never considered playing for Nigeria despite being approached by the NFF.
Born and raised in London, Abraham was eligible to play for Nigeria through his parents,  but he opted to pledge his allegiance to England.
But after being called up to England’s senior squad for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil, Abraham maintains that there was never any real prospect of him playing for Nigeria.
“I was pretty set on England really,” Abraham told Sky Sports. “Playing in the Premier League meant it would be nice to play in the England team as well.‎
“It was flattering [that Nigeria wanted me], but for me my main focus was here.
“They tried to, but like I said, the main focus was England. I see myself as being a long-term England player — I am 100 percent focused here to try and get into that team.”
Since joining Swansea on loan from Chelsea in the summer, He has scored four goals in 10 starts.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 64
  • lets watch and see u

  • Nonsense let see how ENGLAND Wil use u and dump u.

  • Wise decision for a Abraham, but only one thing that will an non me is that i should not hear you crying in the benched

  • Tell them bro. Never.

  • Agbonlahor never still teach people sense.

  • Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    I honestly pity this boy’s career when I look at the likes of Agbolahon, John Salako, Jordon Ibe etc….

  • You will soon learn the same lesson Agbolahor learnt the hard way

  • tayor 1 year ago

    who cares, go Agbonlahor’s way!!

  • With d likes of Ali,Vardy,Kane,Rashford and Sturridge where are u going 2 play,pls get a nice seat belt 4 urself,cuz u will b on d bench 4eva,in fact count itself out from d 2018 England world cup squad

  • Gabriel Terkura Chiakor. 1 year ago

    This Guy is really a small Boy with low IQ and full of pride and I ask, who will you bench in that Team; Harry Kane, Rashford, name them.

    Abraham, ask those who focused on England before you to tell you their end result. The likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Fashano, John Solanke, Charlton Cole etc.
    Sure, you know the class of African you belongs to.

    #proudlyafricanproudlynigerian.

  • Seeing another john fashanu in Tammy Abraham. Cap him and dump him.

  • All this one season player sef, let him go to blazes, where will fit into in Super Eagles squard.

  • GABY 1 year ago

    BRO DON’T WORRY, U WILL SHINE FOR ENGLAND, IS LIKE U DONT KNOW MANY YEARS U WILL SPEND WITHOUT PLAYING A SINGLE MATCH IN ENGLAND. LET ME ALSO TEL YOU THAT, IF U PLAY 5 GAMES WITHOUT SCORING A GOAL, SWANSEA WILL ALSO DROP YOU, COS U ARE NOT BETER THAN OTHERS LIKE THAT GHANA BOY…….

  • Charles shilaka 1 year ago

    No problem boy!. History is always there.

  • Gabriel TC. 1 year ago

    Nigeria is so blessed with talents that’s why many Countries that are not blessed like Nigeria do dragged for our talents.
    PROUDLY AFRICAN, PROUDLY NGERIAN.

  • Abeg go sit down for one place u don make ur decision and nobody is complaining so face ur england team jare make we hear word no be say if u play for Nigeria u go dey score hat rick every game u play

  • Ask agbolaho.bet you can’t make any tournament with england.

  • Bia boy try to get atlest 5min of playing time in england squad before you start running mouth,because your choice for me personally I think it’s wrong. But as your fellow citizens nigeria i pray God to help you

  • We don’t blame him. Let him play for England and let’s see what will happen after. We wishing him all the best

  • Although i am one of those guys that respect his decision when he rebuffed all the discussion he had with the nff presidnt,, i can uderstand that he saying all these in other to brighten his chance to be integral part of the English national team, but that is not a yardstick for him to be saying whatever he which to say without thinking about where he originated from because if you spent hundred years representing whites, bringing glory to them, winning laurels for them, they will always see you as inferior to white since you are a black person (France in exception, not knowing that he too has sarted paving way for the white racist to lebel him an his family as (Ebola or Lassa fever family)

  • Fasasi Kunle 1 year ago

    Childish talk, don’t worry you are free to go anywhere but your father land will ever remain Nigeria.

  • okponku 1 year ago

    I BEG MAKE UNA LEAVE THE YOUNG GUY ALONE: HIM SAY FRIENDLY MATCHES REACH AM; SO NA FRIENDLY MATCHES MATERIAL HIM WANT BE FOR HIM CAREER: IF I NO HAMMER ANY COACH WEY GO COME CARRY AM LIKE LATE KESHI LATER CARRY AMEOBI GO LAST WORLD CUP; NA ONLY GOD FIT HOLD ME NOT KILL THAT COACH OR NFF OFFICIAL

  • good luck Tammy

  • Daybour 1 year ago

    This guy is not as talented as he thinks and England are not calling him because they need him. He does not really stand a chance in the present English team considering those who are far ahead of him in the pecking order. They just want to stop him from playing for Nigeria and after they have achieved their objective they will drop him.

    It is also a blessing for Nigeria that he said no because we do not actually need a distraction called Abraham now. This is because the guy is very deceitful, changing like chameleon every now and then. He said he wanted to play for England and when we qualified for the world cup he was tweeting suggestively for Nigeria. Now that England has invited him he made a U turn and said he never intended playing for Nigeria. Its okay if he wants to play for England but he does not need to go that low and present himself as unprincipled, speaking from both sides of his mouth.

    Nigeria is way too big to be begging an average talent like this guy. Pinnick should leave this boy alone and stop all the sentiments of his relationship with the boy’s family. The guy does not strike me like he will last very long because he appears to lack character and discipline, except he changes his way of doing things and learn a little bit of sincerity; because I still hope he will realize his potential, as average as he is. Please NFF, let Abraham be.

  • Let him ask Agbolahor of Aston Villa.
    Black man like me.

  • The boy will regret his choice of England. But it will be too late

  • Oluyinka Akinbowale-Ogunnowo 1 year ago

    I don’t know why a small boy like Abraham will always be excited whenever England call them for a friendly match. England is only calling him to be part of the squad for a mere friendly match so that he will not be usable for either England or Nigeria. England will use him just for 2 minutes of the friendly match and thereafter dump him, that is when his eyes will be clear and he will be unusable for Nigeria again and England will forget him forever. Who is he going to displace in England squad? He should ask his predecessor like John Fashanu, Gabriel Agbolahon and others before him. When England see that you have a promising career, they will call you for a friendly, use you and dump you so that you will not be a formidable opposition material that will destroy them when it comes to competitive game against them. I wish him good luck and like one of the forum member has said, he should not complain thereafter on the bench if he is ever called for another game at all.

  • FLEX 1 year ago

    Iwobi will bench lingard, sterling sometyms and Chamberlain. Then he was hot,and england needed him more than they need tammy now , bt he chose nigeria ahead of england..hw many wld b like dis lad? nw we treat him like royalty, and he deserves dis for his performance is great (Bt who will tammy bench) . Good decision for tammy, bt he went too far brothers, with his speech, he has humiliated us. As for playing tym, even solanke is not so sure of getting dis, and more stars are even coming up, who could or wld b subs for kane( vardy is getting old)..good luck….Bt if he had chosen Nigeria, am nt so sure if wld bench any player bt he will make d bench regularly, bt nw dat he has chosen England, he wld not even b found on d bench, he will nt make d squad..

  • Achi 1 year ago

    I dey laugh.

    This guy has over-inflated image because he has been listed for friendlies by England. Let’s watch and see if he would be more than a training material for England – a perpetual bench warmer. For sure, England would only USE and DUMP him. Small child wey wan play with cobra because the cobra get shiny skin – hahahahahahaha.

  • I don’t know why a small boy like Abraham will always be excited whenever England call them for a friendly match. England is only calling him to be part of the squad for a mere friendly match so that he will not be usable for either England or Nigeria. England will use him just for 2 minutes of the friendly match and thereafter dump him, that is when his eyes will be clear and he will be unusable for Nigeria again and England will forget him forever. Who is he going to displace in England squad? He should ask his predecessor like John Fashanu, Gabriel Agbolahon and others before him. When England see that you have a promising career, they will call you for a friendly, use you and dump you so that you will not be a formidable opposition material that will destroy them when it comes to competitive game against them. I wish him good luck and like one of the forum member has said, he should not complain thereafter on the bench if he is ever called for another game at all. The problem here is that by the time he realise his mistake, it would have been too late to make a U-turn.

  • Just leave him. Is he as good as Moses? That is why Chelsea has loaned him out. Tammy is just a dreamer without proper guidance.

  • DAVID AFOLABI 1 year ago

    GOODLUCK, I JUST HOPE YOU END WELL.

  • DAVID AFOLABI 1 year ago

    REMEMBER GABRIEL AGBOLAHAN, JOHN FASHANU, SHOLA AMUOBI AND MANY OTHERS , HOW THE ENDED, I JUST HOPE YOURS DONT GO THE SAME WAY. GOOD LUCK

  • DAVID AFOLABI 1 year ago

    JORDAN IBE TODAY IS STRUGGLING BUT IF HE HAD ACCEPTED NIGERIA, HIS NATIONAL TEAM CALL UP COULD MAYBE SAVE HIS CARREER TO ANOTHER CLUB OR LEVEL. IT A PITY PEOPLE DONT LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKE, ALSO REMEMBER SIDNEY SAM ALSO

  • Nna jukwam mu ? this one is complete EFULEFU.

  • I wonder who he is going to displace in the England squad…….is it harry Kane or rashford or sterling?am not understanding

  • George 1 year ago

    you dont tell a child not to touch fire, after he has done so, he would know why they asked him not to touch the fire. i laugh with my mouth behind my head, i laugh enter Tammy’s bedroom. hihihihihi

  • George 1 year ago

    even as it were, he cant displace anyone in the current eagles setup, haba…@SholaAmeobiOnMyMind

    • Kenny Shittu 1 year ago

      Exactly my thought. The dude still lack what it takes to displace our current strikers.

  • Tgrace 1 year ago

    To all Nigerians putting down their comment here pls just leave this guy alone. He chose to be what he is now and tommorrow will tell maybe he did choose well. Even I want him to get injured and be unfill for that match. Then he will know that home is the final place of rest. I dnt see him journey RUSSIA 2018 with England. Bye gone bro. Nigerians turn thier backs at you

  • Samuel 1 year ago

    I am not sure if that guy even know what mess he his entering. Perhaps he want stay at home to watch the world cup. Am not sure if he has even won premier league player of the month. Does he remember ‘Osaze’ ask him for me or Martins

  • moses 1 year ago

    i dont know what has influence these boy decision but hope your cry will not be “hoo had i know” never the less wishing you good success and hope to see u in Russia 2018 world cup playing for England or hmmhmmmmmmmm…….

  • We don’t need him, Naija has better players than him

  • deji 1 year ago

    what about sone aluko dat choose nigeria…when last was he called

  • darey 1 year ago

    times and tides have changed,he might have a better working condition at the 3 lions team than here…..only he u derstands wat he had seen before choosing so dont judge hurriedly….howrver or whatever it is,we wish him Godspeed

    • maximus 1 year ago

      Look at how many here are ungracious in their comments going so far as to wish him evil. Imagine if we were England who Iwobi ditched after enjoying the benefit of the English football system, Nigerians would stone him to death. But Iwobi is a free man in England enjoying himself with no threat or curse hurled at him by the English.

  • Wen 9ja nor value our young players

  • Is that guy a footballer? I never noticed him, who is even inviting him to Super Eagle?mtcheeeeewwwwww.

  • U will regret it later not now

  • Bia, this boy, Tammy, you are an on-loan player sef. You couldn’t break into Chelsea first team and you’re already big-headed. You think English fans would want an on-loan player on the plane to Russia 2018. Even Solanke is now with a top 5 EPL team, Liverpool. Check out Nigeria’s frontline and tell me who’s an on-loan player. The on-loan players can’t make the Nigerian team and a Nigeria versus England game in Russia 2018 (maybe with you in the 3 Lions) is a confirmed 3-0 win for Nigeria. Out top player, Moses is a first 11 player in the same Chelsea you couldn’t break into. Same for Iwobi (Arsenal) and Iheanacho (Leicester); yet this guy are not even guaranteed starting a game.

    So, chief, abeg, carry your kaya and go. We’ll see who’ll shine more in Russia 2018 between Nigeria and your adopted country. Till tomorrow, John Fashanu is never really accepted or respected in Nigeria, even though he now lives here and has tried to ;’explain himself’ over and over again. Perhaps you can invite for a chat over coffee. Small pikin like you! LOL.

  • Shola ameobi beg to play for nig

  • Your case will be like that of Gabriel Agbonlahan.We don’t even need you in super eagle

  • David 1 year ago

    This is just the folly of youth. The father has taught him nothing. He will soon learn he can never be an Englishman.

  • ako amadi 1 year ago

    If as Tammy Abraham has been mouthing he never considered Nigeria, why was he having discussions about Nigeria with the NFF Chairman Amaju Pinnick? It was not only that they met at his home, but also after EPL games. Why did he not simply tell Mr. Pinnick he was not interested, period! This boy must be badly brought up to make references to Nigeria as “They”, and also to imply that Mr Pinnick, his father’s friend was lying, since Pinnick was quite confident Tammy Abraham would eventually play for Nigeria. The boy has used Nigeria to blackmail England into capping him even though he is not one of the leading goal scorers in the EPL to date.

    • Oluyinka Akinbowale-Ogunnowo 1 year ago

      Just leave him. He will come to regret his action. Time will tell.

      We will beat the same England at the World Cup if they come across our Super Eagles.

  • Bishop Joseph Santus Okpara 1 year ago

    There are always two sides to every storry! Those lads ask some questions before making commitments.It is good if he plays for Nigeria but supposed this young man had gotten some lessons from people’s like Victor Anichebe which the NFF completely abandoned when he sustained injury while playing for Nigeria against Thahitti. Sometimes we must have to look at the two sides of the coin! Yes,Iwobi accept the Super Eagles but it’s not an easy decision for him,because J J Okocha and Iwobi’s daddy puts some kind of pressure on the boy Iwobi. So Our NFF has some growing up to do too!

    • Achi 1 year ago

      @ Bishop Joseph Santus Okpara

      Sorry Bishop, your analogy runs haywire. No two players, or even two persons, have identical situations – not even identical twins. Do all players in the SE have or had uncles who were ex-SE players? Even then, Tammy’s father is Pinnick’s friend, a situation that creates an opportunity for him to join the SE. And the press published photographs of the NFF President with Tammy.

      This boy is an opportunist, using the fact that he had been approached by the NFF to polish his image before England. That is the genesis of this unending story polluting the space. The NFF has a special scouting department that screens promising players of Nigerian heritage for enlistment into the SE. They’ve done that successfully to attract several players: Iwobi, Ekong, Balogun, Moses, Ebuehi … ad infinitum. If potential candidates are interested, they’re in, if not they’re out. No NOISE. But that of Tammy is now is now a nightmare. He is shamelessly latching to the fact that he had been approached to tire us out with the stale news of his rejecting Nigeria. Enough of this. What’s the big deal about rejecting Nigeria and opting to play for England? Let me echo another commentator: Is he Messi? Make we hear word, mmbok!

  • Wetin ….. abeg make we hear word with this Tammy Abraham matter self. Is he Messi?

  • up eagles up Nigeria

  • Lol. Tell Tammy Abraham to go ask John Fashanu and Gabriel Agbonahor

  • Tammy Abraham will end up in the category of John fashanu and Gabriel Agbolanhor

  • he’s nonsense leve hem the well posh hem away