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Ray Parlour has urged Tammy Abraham to commit his international future to England amid Nigeria’s attempt to lure him to the Super Eagles.
Abraham, whose father is Nigerian, has featured at every youth level for England and already has two senior caps.
Abraham made his England debut in a friendly win over Germany in November 2017 before appearing against Brazil a week later but is free to switch as he has yet to play a competitive match for Gareth Southgate.
Parlour insists Abraham will get his chance if he stays patient.
“If he keeps scoring goals, he will definitely get into the England squad,” the ex-Arsenal midfielder told talkSPORT. “Jamie Vardy has retired and they’re lacking a little bit up front.
“He’s got an opportunity to be in the squad, but obviously he won’t be in front of Harry Kane.”
“Once you start with a country as a youngster, I think you should stick with them,” Parlour added.
“It’s up to the player; he’s looking at whether he’ll get an opportunity.
“It’s a battle, because there are a lot of good players at England, and you’ll get a lot more caps if you go elsewhere.”
Nigerian Football Federation president Melvin Amaju Pinnick admitted he’s has had talks with Abraham about playing for Nigeria.
Pinnick said: “We will not relent in our quest for good players to play for the country and win laurels. We will keep talking to good players of Nigeria descent to play for their fatherland.
“But like you know, these kids are very independent minded. In fact, we have been told to wait until April 2020, when he hopes to make a final decision on the matter.
“I told him that he stood a better chance of playing regularly for Nigeria than with England, which has a galaxy of strikers of the English stock.”