TAMMY ABRAHAM has threatened to play for Nigeria if Gareth Southgate doesn’t hurry up and pick him again for England.
The Chelsea striker qualifies to play for both nations through his Nigerian father, who is a close personal friend of the Super Eagles’ Federation President Amaju Pinnick.
Abraham appeared to have committed to England when he snubbed Nigeria to make his senior Three Lions debut in a friendly against Germany in November 2017.
However he hasn’t featured in the 22 months since and was overlooked again by Southgate for last week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
He is well aware of the Super Eagles renewed interest in him and, after scoring a stunning hat-trick against Wolves, refused to rule out making a shock switch.
“I have heard the talk,” he confessed.
“When the time comes, the time comes.”
Asked if he still had to make a major decision on his international future, Abraham replied: I have not really focused on that yet. I’m focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories.
“We never know. You can never say never … whatever comes first really.”
That will send alarm bells ringing with Southgate, who has failed to nail Abraham’s colours to the England mast by playing him in a competitive match.
The 21-year-old underlined his class by blasting his way to the top of the Premier League scoring charts alongside Sergio Aguero on Saturday with a stunning hat-trick against Wolves – the youngest ever player to achieve the feat in the Premier League era.
That trio of goals took Abraham’s tally to seven in his last three games and it would be a major slap in the face to Southgate and the Three Lions if they were to let one of the top young strikers in world football slip through their fingers.