Former England international John Fashanu has sounded a note of warning to on loan Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham to be careful when making a decision on his international future.
The England U21 international who is of Nigerian descent is mulling over a switch of allegiance from England to Nigeria at international level, with Nigeria offering him the chance to fight for a spot in their World Cup 2018 squad.
Fashanu who was in similar circumstances in the 80’s and early 90’s but opt for England, where he ended up with just three caps says it will be wise for him to switch allegiance to Nigeria than wait for a call up to the senior national team of England.
” A lot of has been said on this issue but as someone who has been in similar situation in the past, my advice to him is to switch to Nigeria. It’s clear they want him the more, at the stage it’s crucial to opt for the team that wants you the more”, Fashanu told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” He is talented and we all know it, but when you look at the English team, there are lot of youngsters ahead of him unlike in Nigeria, where those in his position are in their 30’s. Look at Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina they are going to the World Cup..
” Shola Amoebi made the late switch to Nigeria and played at the World Cup, he could have played in more than one if he had made the switch earlier. Tammy Abraham should be wise and I expect his parents to guide him on this”.