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Red Hot Roma Forward Tammy Abraham Discloses Why He Turned Down Nigeria for England
- Tammy Abraham disclosed the reasons behind his decision to turn down the opportunity to represent the Super Eagles of Nigeria
- Born to Nigerian parents, Abraham was eligible to play for the three-time AFCON winners and was sounded out by the Nigerian FA
- But he decided to play for the Three Lions of England instead, making his debut against Brazil in November 2017
AS Roma forward Tammy Abraham has admitted that he turned down Nigeria in order to pursue an international career with England.
The English-born of Nigerian descent was vital for Jose Mourinho's side throughout the Europa Conference League, becoming the club's top scorer with nine goals.
He has gone ahead to establish himself as the livewire for the Giallorossi, becoming the highest-scoring Englishman across Europe’s big leagues this season.
He has recently earned a another call-up to the England squad under Gareth Southgate and has previously admitted that he rejected overtures from his parents' country of birth in hope of representing the Three Lions at senior level.
In an interview with The Express, quoted by Sports Mole, Abraham said.
"[Nigeria] did try to roll out the red carpet and it was flattering but I was pretty set on England," he said.
"I see myself as being a long-term England player. That is where my main focus is and I am 100 per cent focused on trying to get into that team."
Abraham has been included in England’s latest 27-man squad ahead of Nations League fixtures against Hungary, Germany and Italy, as per Sky Sports.
The former Chelsea striker now appears to be Southgate’s preferred cover for captain Harry Kane.
Abraham swapped the Stamford Bridge club for Roma last summer to spearhead Mourinho's new project in the Italian capital.
He has signed off for the season with 27 goals in all competitions, with nine of them in Europe.
Tammy Abraham Reacts After Leading AS Roma to European Glory
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Sports Brief earlier reported that Tammy Abraham was reveling in Roma's Europa Conference League triumph on Wednesday night with the Englishman playing a starring role.
The English-born of Nigerian descent was instrumental for Jose Mourinho's side throughout the competition, becoming the club's top scorer with nine goals.
Yet with Roma winning their first UEFA European competition, Abraham took to his official Twitter page to express his delight in winning the inaugural European trophy.