Tammy Abraham has pledged his long-term future to England, despite Nigeria rolling out the red carpet in a bid to sway the striker their way.
The 20-year-old was watching Sky Sports News last Thursday when it flashed up that Gareth Southgate was handing him a maiden senior call-up, with Germany and Brazil now lying in wait for a striker on loan at Swansea from Chelsea.
Abraham has represented England at youth levels yet Nigeria had been in hot pursuit, with the president of the Nigeria football federation Amaju Pinnick – a childhood friend of the striker’s father – speaking in September of his confidence the eligible youngster would commit to Nigeria.
Victor Moses has previously gone from the Young Lions to the Super Eagles, while Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha won two senior England caps in friendlies before switching his allegiance to the Ivory Coast.
Tammy Abraham, though, says playing for England is his only focus right now.
“I see myself as being a long-term England player,” he said.
“That is where my main focus is and now that I am here, I am 100 per cent focused here and trying to get into that team as much as I can, really, so my main focus would be here and nowhere else for now.”
Words can’t describe the feeling but truly blessed and honoured to be called up to @England seniors 🙏🏾🦁⚽️thanks for all the messages ❤️
— Tammy abraham (@tammyabraham) November 2, 2017
Asked if he felt like he had a decision to make, he added: “I think I was pretty set on England, really.
“Playing in the Premier League, it would be nice obviously to make it into the England team as well. My main focus was here and nowhere else.
“Of course (it was flattering) but for me my main focus was here. But it is obviously nice to know that I was doing something right and going in the right direction.
“I think they tried to (roll out the red carpet), but like I said the main focus was here so there was no way of trying to do that for me, really.”