€30m-rated Chelsea centre-forward wants to choose Nigeria over England
Tammy Abraham rocketed to the top of the PL contest for the Golden Boot with a hat-trick on the weekend, but his future at international level is yet to be decided.
U21 England international was born in London and has been at Stamford Bridge since the age of seven but had never scored a senior goal for the Blues until this campaign when he opened his account with a double with Norwich.
Abraham added two more against Sheffield United and then went one better on Saturday with Wolverhampton to make it seven in three and take him past the likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford in the goal-scoring charts.
Tammy could be in line for a call-up in Gareth Southgate’s next Three Lions squad when they take on the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October.
The 21-year-old striker has already played for England twice but only in friendlies, meaning he could still switch nationality to Nigeria, for whom he qualifies through his father, something the centre-forward himself has refused to rule out.
‘I have heard talk about being called up by Nigeria,’ Tammy said. Tammy broke several records on Saturday as he became the youngster ever Blues footballers to score a PL hat-trick.
He also equalled Dele Alli and Cristiano Ronaldo by becoming only the third footballer ever to score two or more goals in three league matches while still aged 21 or under. But his Chelsea coach Frank Lampard insists he has not spoken to Tammy about his international future.