Abraham has no regrets about Nigeria snub

Lawrence Kim
November 7, 2017

However, the London-born 20-year-old, who began his England career at Under-18 level and featured at this summer's European Under-21 Championship in Poland, quickly disputed those claims and could make his senior bow for the Three Lions during the upcoming worldwide break after earning a maiden call-up for high-profile friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley Stadium.

Abraham's father is Nigerian and a childhood friend of Nigerian federation president Amaju Pinnick, who claimed in September that Abraham had chose to play for the west African country. "My main focus is here".

But Abraham has backed himself to fill the boots of Kane, seize his big chance and go on to earn a place in Southgate's squad for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"Playing in the Premier League meant it would be nice to play in the England team as well".

"The England call up shows I must be doing something right".

Having played at youth level for England, Abraham opted for the senior side when he could have chosen to represent Nigeria, his father's country of birth.

Abraham admitted that the Nigerian interest was "flattering" but that it was always his decision to play for England.

Abraham also stated his admiration for Harry Kane, a doubt for the Germany and Brazil fixtures due to injury.

"I didn't get to work with him myself, as I came up (for England Under-21s) he was promoted to the first team, but he's a good coach and he's been good to me".

"I feel like I'm ready but it won't be easy", Abraham told a news conference. "I will have to keep proving to the manager why he picked me and working as hard as I can".

"You look at Brazil and Germany as the best teams in the world", he said. "It's obviously a big confidence booster to us and I'm sure he's looking at the under-17s and the under-20s who won the World Cup as well". "It will show us how close we are, we will have to use these teams and show we can be competitive as well".

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