Tammy Abraham has denied reports that he is set to switch international allegiances to Nigeria in a bid to play at next year’s World Cup.
Abraham insisted: “I remain available for selection for England.”
The Chelsea striker, who is on a season-long loan to Swansea, played for England at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Poland but remains eligible for the Super Eagles through his parents.
Last week, Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, admitted that he was hopeful of persuading the 19-year-old to switch allegiances despite representing England at various youth levels thanks to his close relationship with his father, who is a childhood friend.
On Thursday, Pinnick claimed that Abraham has agreed to play for Nigeria and added they have now begun the process of applying to Fifa to transfer his registration.
However, Abraham has since denied those reports and insisted he remains available for selection for Aidy Boothroyd’s squad.
Abraham, in a statement, said:
“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.”
Nigeria are currently three points clear at the top of Group B as they attempt to qualify for a third successive World Cup.
Culled from UK Guardian