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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to be drawn into a potential dispute between England and Nigeria over the future of Tammy Abraham.
Abraham has two caps for England but he can switch allegiance to Nigeria as he has only featured in friendly games for England.
Abraham is eligible to play for Nigeria as he was born to Nigerian parents.
Nigeria have not given up on persuading Abraham to switch to them, and when Lampard was asked if he had spoken to Abraham about that, he said: “No.
“I don’t really. That’s obviously not my choice. I know Tammy has been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him. But it’s a question for him I suppose.”
Asked about Abraham potentially being considered for the next England squad, Lampard said: “The way he is going, it is obviously going to put him into that bracket.
“Without telling Gareth what to do… But to score seven goals in three games and be top-scorer and play with the quality he is playing his all-round game.
“The three different types of goals he scored were exactly what you want from Tammy. A messy one, a good header and then a fantastic feet and finish goal.
“He has to sustain it and has to get even better. He has to be hungry, which I know he is. He can never rest on his laurels, because there is more work to be done.
“And that England squad is a few weeks away. So he needs to keep playing at that level and he’ll have a great chance, I’d suggest.”