Pulse Sports believe Abraham rejected Nigeria for England for these five reasons.
SwanseastrikerTammy Abrahamhas been given an England call-up ahead of their upcoming friendly games against Brazil and Germany.
This puts to an end the speculations that might switch his allegiance to the country of his parents, Nigeria.
The 20-year-old met with theNigeria Football Federation(NFF) who tried to convince him to switch but he made the decision to play for England.
These are five reasonsPulse Sportsthink he rejected the Super Eagles.
1. To stick with familiar English football culture
Although born to Nigerian parents, Abraham is English through and through. Born and raised in London, Abraham is only familiar to football in England.
This could be why the striker has chosen to stick with England. Abraham has played for England U-18, U-19 and U-21. This is the culture he has known all his life, so why abandon it for the unfamiliar territory of Nigerian football?
2. A chance for better development
Getting all his football education in England means Abraham has had access to the best football facilities the world has to offer. With the Three Lions of England, he has a chance to world class training facilities and technical education.
With the England national team, he will have access to the £100m St George’s Park which theFootball Associationlaunched in 2012. This alone is a reason Abraham would choose to remain with England.
3. England are now open to players of foreign descent
England youth teams have had tremendous success in the last five months; their U-17 just won theFIFA U-17 WorldCup title same as the U-20 who won theFIFA U-2- World Cupin June. Their U-19 lifted the European Championship while their U-21 reached the semi-final of their European Championship.
One thing is common with all of these English youth teams, they have black and foreign players. Six Nigerian-born players were in the England squad that won the U-20 World Cup in June.
Following these successes, the Football Association are open to follow the models of their youth teams and allow more players of foreign descent into their senior team.
The United Kingdom may have voted Brexit but the FA are not with them on that one and it’s an opportunity for Abraham to get into the England senior side.
4. To prove a point
If Abraham is looking for an inspiration in a Nigerian-born player who has had success with theThree Lions, he won’t find one. Most players who have threaded this same part have been used sparingly by England and dumped for big tournaments.
But the 20-year-old striker wants to prove that it is possible and that could be the motivation for staying put with England.
5. A chance in the England
Abraham would have taken a look at English players in his position and believe he will get his chance.
Harry Kaneat 24 is and will be the undisputed number England striker bar an unexpected decline in his career.
Daniel Sturridgeinjury problem is still a huge problem for him,Marcus Rashfordis not considered to be a striker neither isDaniel Welbeckwhile at 30,Jamie Vardy‘s international career is almost at wind-up.
These situations might have encouraged Abraham that he indeed has a chance with the England national team.