One of England's brightest talents 'has agreed' to play for Nigeria

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

But he won't be on England's plane, with Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick claiming Abraham has agreed to switch allegiance to the Super Eagles.

Abraham was born in London but remains eligible to play for Nigeria due to his dad's nationality and having not yet won a first-team cap for England.

Pinnick was quoted in The Sun as saying: "I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week".

'It's been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England.

The necessary documents have begun to be filed and are expected to be completed shortly.

'Clearly he understands he stands a better chance playing for the Super Eagles.

Abraham, who is now on loan at Swansea on a season-long deal, has scored three times for England U21s.

Abraham, a prolific goalscorer for Chelsea at youth level, has three goals in nine games for the Under-21s as well as five in 14 for the Under-19s.

Nigeria are now three points clear at the top of Group B as they attempt to qualify for a third successive World Cup Abraham, who signed a lucrative new five-year contract before completing his loan move to Swansea, would become the latest young player to turn his back on England having represented them at youth level following Chelsea team-mate Victor Moses, Arsenal's Alex Iwobi and Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, who opted to play for Ivory Coast in December.

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