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After Nigeria Snub, Abraham Demoted To England U-21s; Lookman, Solanke, Ejaria Invited

After Nigeria Snub, Abraham Demoted To England U-21s; Lookman, Solanke, Ejaria Invited

The striker who turned down Nigeria’s advances for a chance with England seniors, Tammy Abraham, has been sent back to the England Under-21s.

Abraham, born to Nigerian parents, opted for England last year after Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick met with the Swansea striker and offered him a spot in the World Cup-bound Super Eagles.

But Abraham, then in good form, chose England and had the backing of then Swansea manager Paul Clement, who has since been fired.

Abraham, who has previously played for age-grade England teams, got a senior call-up for friendly games against Germany and Brazil last November and played in both games.

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He was on from the start against Germany on 10 November and played for 59 minutes in the 0-0 draw, but was a 75th minute substitute against Brazil four days later in another 0-0 draw.

His form has since plummeted though and there is no place for him in Gareth Southgate’s squad for friendly matches against Italy and the Netherlands later in March.

Abraham has scored seven goals in 31 matches in all competitions this season, four goals in 24 Premier League games.

Since his senior England games, Abraham has scored only three goals in all competitions. He has not scored in 13 games in the Premier League since November and his three goals were all against lower league sides, two in the FA Cup against Notts County and one against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.
Now the 20-year-old striker, on loan at Swansea from Chelsea, has been demoted to England Under-21s who play the Cyrille Regis International with Romania and a Euro U-21s qualifier against Ukraine in March.

Abraham is one of 26 players head coach Aidy Boothroyd has called up for the games

There are several other Nigerian-born players in the squad, including Ademola Lookman, who is on loan at RB Leipzig from Everton, and Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria, who is on loan at Championship strugglers Sunderland.

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Josh Onomah, who is on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship, are the other players with Nigerian heritage in the Young Lions squad.

They will face Romania at Wolves’ Molineux on Saturday 24 March, in the Cyrille Regis International.

That match will lead into the Euro qualifier with Ukraine at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on Tuesday, 27 March, when Boothroyd’s team will be looking to complete a double over their visitors following November’s 2-0 win in Kiev.

The Squad

Angus Gunn – Norwich City (loan from Manchester City)
Dean Henderson – Shrewsbury Town (loan from Manchester United)
Freddie Woodman – Aberdeen (loan from Newcastle United)

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
Ben Chilwell – Leicester City
Jake Clarke-Salter – Sunderland (loan from Chelsea)
Dael Fry – Middlesbrough
Mason Holgate – Everton
Jonjoe Kenny – Everton
Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham
Fikayo Tomori – Hull City (loan from Chelsea)
Kyle Walker-Peters – Tottenham Hotspur
Joe Worrall – Nottingham Forest

Tom Davies – Everton
Kieran Dowell – Nottingham Forest (loan from Everton)
Ovie Ejaria – Sunderland (loan from Liverpool)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal
Josh Onomah – Aston Villa (loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Winks – Tottenham Hotspur

Tammy Abraham – Swansea City (loan from Chelsea)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton
Demarai Gray – Leicester City
Jack Harrison – Middlesbrough (loan from Manchester City)
Ademola Lookman – RB Leipzig (loan from Everton)
James Maddison – Norwich City
Dominic Solanke – Liverpool

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  • It is too early to conclude on Abraham but if I was in his shoes I would have opted for Nigeria.


  • olabode Samuel 4 years ago

    This is the consequence of neglecting your father land. He should just have a rethink before it is too late and a sign that you respect elder’s advice.

  • I’ve learnt a great lesson from this guys story cuz we all knew how the whole talk began and now his international career is in total doubt. His story has now turned to IF I HAD KNOWN. That good for him. Tammy Abraham more demotion to your football Account

    • Poor boy! He wanted to try his luck and it backfired. I doubt it he would ever have the opportunity again to play for either country at the world cup in his lifetime because he’s not even good enough to represent Nigeria anymore. IT’S TOO LATE BRO.SORRY !

  • he hasn’t seen anything yet…em put meat for your mouth u se na bone u like pass..English national team? #smh

  • Marquis 4 years ago

    Kwakwakwakwakwikwikwikwi!!!!! Hey Tammy!Tammmyyyy!!! How many times did I call u? I can see the end of your potentially illustrious international football career in the horizon. Just laughing in Chinese anyways.

  • The guy was a dumb foool!!…got an open opportunity to go to the world cup and he blew it away , even went on to insult Nigerians with the manner that he did it !!!…well he will be watching the world cup from home just like me , surely a lesson to others!!

  • Ehya Tammy sorry o

  • See eh, na God I take dey beg Oga Pinnick and NFF, make una no try bring that boy come eagles for this life!!! I know say Rohr no go call with im bad form and we no need am. Make im dey where im dey abeg.no be Uzoho(19 years) get world cup spot already? Iwobi, aina,Tyrone,Leon and Brian nko? Nigeria is bigger than any individual.

  • My guy has entered Ebgland’s one chance….

    Do we really need him in Super Eagles? his switching will not earn us the world cup so better he stays with his adopted 3 Lions

  • mr henry oyem 4 years ago

    He is only 20 years old,

  • mr henry oyem 4 years ago

    He is only 20 years old, he can still play with senior team

  • Collins 4 years ago

    The boy is not even good enough to bench any of our current stricker in super Eagles. So he should seat down and be humble.

  • Good for him. Abraham had a golden chance with super eagles on a plater of gold but he blew it. No more Russia 2018 for him.
    The action of English Soccer Management to use and dump is not unexpected. We know that is their style. They wanted him to remain in the cooler & away from the reach of Nigeria’s NFF badly labeled as a poacher. We have had cases where players of Nigerian descent just decieve themselves into thinking they are more English than the English people. It’s laughable and a mockery.
    Who doesn’t know it but a naive boy as in Abraham.
    Tammy Abraham na naija, skin colour and all but the boy no gree. I hope others would learn from his experience.
    Thumbs up for Alex Iwobi, Aina Ola & Co for taking the big decision to stake a claim for Russia & faith in Nigeria. I salute oo!

  • BabaDudu 4 years ago

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahah, stupid boy!

    He was over-rated, he was a political player, who Pinick wanted because he was a friend of his father and not one to wear the shirts of the SE.
    I love how the humiliation story will begin for this dunce.
    He failed to learn his history lessons from John Fashanu.

    May God bless other players and give them the strength to perform well in Russia.

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    Sorry Tammy. You got this wrong. Going to the WC with Nigeria was a done deal. But you chose England, where you knew your chances were very slim looking at the competition for places in the position you play. As a striker, you have to score an of average of 10 goals to make any Three Lion team, even at that, nothing is guaranteed. Not so with the SE. All you need to do is to keep playing well for your club, stay in a top league (not necessarily a top club) and you’ll always get your chance. Ahmed Musa is a sure bet for World without kicking a ball for Leicester City. No matter what happens to Iwobi at Arsenal, his place in Russia is confirmed. Only God knows who advises these young kids. Some of them would have been great on the continent but they always prefer to sit in their comfort zones where nothing falls on their laps even with their above average performance. With the kind of playing time Tammy is getting at Swansea, no sane SE coach will drop him from the WC team. Good luck anyway. Wishing you the very best in the years to come.

  • wow unbeliveab to him

  • were is Jordan Ibe