Nigeria has formally lost Chelsea forward, Tammy Abraham, to the Three Lions of England, www.aclsports.com can confirm. Abraham made a cameo appearance on Friday as a substitute in a Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague.
The Premier League top scorer this season came on in the 88th minute for defensive midfielder, Declan Rice, for his official debut in an England shirt.
However, it was not a dream debut for the 22-year-old as goals from Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener through a penalty to hand England their first defeat in a qualifier in 10 years.
Czech Republic moved joint-top in Group A with England on 12 points after a shock 2-1 win over the Three Lions on Friday night.
Abraham’s international career has been a subject of intense debate recently following his excellent start to the 2019/2020 campaign for his PL club, Chelsea.
However, his two-minute cameo against the Czechs now brings an end to the debate on where his international allegiance lies with Nigeria and Super Eagles missing out on the talented striker.
“My ambitions were always to play for England, ” Abraham told the Evening Standard in a recent interview.
“Obviously it’s nice to be wanted by two nations, two nations that I love. But my main focus is England, ” he added.
Abraham, who turned 22 last Wednesday, returned to the Three Lions for the first time since 2017 when he featured in the international friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
The Chelsea star becomes the latest Nigerian-born to play for England in recent times after the duo of club teammate, Ross Barkley, and city rival, Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspurs, while defender, Fikayo Tomori, who was an unused substitute on Friday could be the next addition to that list.
He sits joint-top of the scorers chart in the PL with eight (8) goals the same as Manchester City legend, Sergio Aguero.