Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham has denounced reports that he is opting to play for Nigeria, revealing that he remains an England international.
Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick had met with Abraham, with the aim of the meeting to get him to play for the Super Eagles.
Pinnick told thenff.com: “Most recently, there was a meeting with Tammy, which Tammy’s agent, Neil Fewills, also attended. It was a useful meeting, and I can say the talks are at an appreciable level now and all is looking good.
“Tammy is like a son to me, because his father was my childhood friend. I believe he is a good prospect for the Super Eagles and the effort is well worth it.”
Abraham, who is currently on loan at Chelsea, has however denied that he has declared for Nigeria, adding that he still wants to play for England.
His statement reads: “Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my National team allegiance.
“I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.
“However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.
“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.”
Swansea manager Paul Clement has already endorsed his statement, encouraging him to remain in England.
“For me, from my point of view, I hope he stays with the English national team,” Clement said. “I’m not sure he’d be better off career-wise, I’m saying it because I’m English and he’s a good English talent, so you want him involved with your national team.
“Ultimately, it’s the decision of the player. In some cases, they’ll make the choice because they see a better opportunity, a chance of playing more regularly at international level and in other cases, it’s because it’s where they believe they’re from and they want to represent the country where they were born or where their parents were born and it’s in their culture.”