British-born Nigerian striker, Tammy Abraham has been overlooked by England Manager, Gareth Southgate for the upcoming final World Cup qualifiers.
Abraham, who last week was with the leadership of the NFF, in company of his father and agent, had denied that he was switching his international allegiance to Nigeria, saying he was still open to for selection by England.
The latest setback will come as a disappointment to the 19-year-old who was hoping his current form would guarantee him a place in the 26-man list of England’s Three Lions, considering the fact, that Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is out injured.
However, he was shunned by Southgate who picked in-form Harry Kane alongside Marcus Rashford, Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge.
Abraham was instead called up by England U21 coach Aidy Boothroyd for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Scotland And Andorra.
AOIFootball.com spoke to international football scout and statistician Tofe Towobola, who said the player should reconsider his decision because he is lucky to have been approached by Nigeria in the first place.
“To me, his position and playing style would have given him a better chance to impress with the Super Eagles rather than England.
“I think it’s more of a loss to him than to Nigeria; definitely, he has qualities that will improve as he grows, but the Nigeria team has developed over the last two years.
“There are quality players almost three in every position now and he is very lucky to even gain the attention of the NFF so early. Henry Onyekuru, Stephen Odey and Victor Osihmen are in the same age category and position and I am sorry to say, in my personal opinion, they are all better than him. The difference is that he is in a better setup to develop,” posited Tofe Sport.
He added that he hopes Abraham changes his mind before it’s too late for him and he begins to regret.