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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham ‘hasn’t decided’ international future

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 11:05, 3 October 2019

Tammy Abraham says he’s not yet decided which nation to represent at senior international level.

The 22-year-old London-born Chelsea marksman is eligible to represent England as well as Nigeria through parentage.

The rise of Abraham: Five key things to know…

  • Abraham came through Chelsea’s youth set-up before enjoying loan spells at Swansea and Aston Villa.
  • Since the appointment of Frank Lampard as Blues boss, he’s become their first-choice striker.
  • Abraham, to date, has scored eight goals across 10 appearances in all competitions.
  • He has two England caps to date, but both were friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
  • As such, Abraham is still eligible to represent Nigeria but says he hasn’t decided yet.

Since the Stamford Bridge-based club appointed Frank Lampard as manager, Abraham has become their first-choice striker.

He’s subsequently repaid Lampard’s faith by registering eight goals across 10 appearances in all competitions, including in their recent Champions League win at Lille.

The former European champions suffered a 1-0 loss at home against Valencia in their opening Group H game but returned to winning ways in France with Abraham breaking the deadlock. Victor Osimhen would level proceedings before Willian secured all three points.

Following the game, Abraham – who has bagged nine goals across 26 England U21 games – was asked whether he’s decided his future.

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“I haven’t made a decision yet. I am focusing on the club,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It is always a privilege to be wanted by both nations. I love both nations and for me, I am clearly doing something right for Chelsea. My time will come.”

Gareth Southgate is set to announce his latest Three Lions squad at 2pm on Thursday.

Going that extra mile

Abraham is one of many Chelsea youngsters playing under Lampard this season. Fellow Englishmen Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Mason Mount have either featured prominently until now, or will be going forward.

All five played in their win over Lille with Abraham, Mount, James and Tomori starting. Hudson-Odoi would come off the bench to create Willian’s winner. Mount, who has excelled under Lampard’s leadership, is grateful for the opportunity presented and wants to repay the club legend, while stressing he can never rest on his laurels.

“You want to give that extra mile for him,” he told Sky Sports.

“Mentally you’ve got to be ready. It’s a big step and just because you’re a young player doing well it doesn’t mean you’re going to be ready for the first team.

“You’ve got to show the manager that you’re ready. You hear all this stuff about there is not going to be another academy player coming through but now look at it.

“There are numerous players coming through. Now it has happened I’m focused on working hard and playing as many games as I can.”