Chelsea striker and Premier League scoring leader Tammy Abraham has left the door open to joining up with the Nigeria national team, leaving England insecure over his future.
The Premier League’s joint-top scorer is keeping the door open to play for his parent’s home country despite already lining up in a Three Lions shirt.
Gareth Southgate will be sweating on losing the player he called up in November 2017, but has still only played in friendly matches, which leaves Abraham the option to switch national teams allegiances.
The 21-year-old was born in London but he qualifies for the Super Eagles through paternal lineage.
The Premier League’s joint-top scorer left the door open to Nigeria after he stole headlines with a hat-trick in a 5-2 win away to Wolves.
“Yes, I have heard the talk. I have not really been focused on that yet,” Abraham said at Molineux Stadium. “I think when the time comes, the times comes. It is about focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories.
“We never know. You can never say never, whatever comes first really. I just have to keep full focus on Chelsea. It has been a good day at the office for the boys and me. Coming here is never easy. We played well, thankfully, I scored three and we got the three points.”
Chelsea’s 11 league goals have all come from homegrown players like Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori also got on the score sheet in the midlands.
The trio walked off the pitch arm-in-arm on Saturday as Abraham held onto the match ball after he became the youngest Chelsea player to score a hat-trick. However, the homegrown star’s Chelsea dream may not have come to fruition as he nearly moved to Wolves in January after the Blues accepted a £25 million ($31m) offer.
Abraham is grateful for the interest Wolves showed but is glad he has remained in west London to see the new manager Frank Lampard offer him a chance.