Swansea City Coach Not Sure Tammy Abraham Is Better Off Playing For England Than Nigeria

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The chances of Tammy Abraham making the grades with the senior national team of England ahead of Nigeria might not be the best for his career according to Paul Clement, the coach of his loan side Swansea City.

‎According to various media outlet in the United Kingdom the 20 year old has already agreed to pledge his international future to England, two weeks after he confirmed talks with Nigeria over a possible switch of allegiance.

He reportedly made up his mind after talks with England senior national team manager ‎Gareth Southgate last weekend, after Swansea City 1-2 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates.

However ‎ a warning note has been sounded by Clement who convinced Chelsea to loan the 20 year old to Swansea City, with the coach making it known on the 21st of September that he isn’t sure playing for England is the best for the career of the forward.

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”The fact that he’s come through the English system, first at Academy level and also playing for the English national teams, I think that puts them at an advantage.

‎”For me, from my point of view, I hope he stays with the English national team.

“I’m not sure he’d be better off career-wise, I’m saying it because I’m English and he’s a good English talent, so you want him involved with your national team.

‘Ultimately, it’s the decision of the player. In some cases, they’ll make the choice because they see a better opportunity, a chance of playing more regularly at international level and in other cases, it’s because it’s where they believe they’re from and they want to represent the country where they were born or where their parents were born and it’s in their culture.

‘Whatever their reasons are, it’s down to the player to decide”, he said in his pre match interview before Swansea City against Watford few weeks ago.

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Michael James