Fashanu Tells Abraham To Snub England And Not Make The Same Mistake He Made

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been called up to the England national team for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying games.

Abraham has scored eight goals for Chelsea this season, including the goal against Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday, which has earned him a call-up to the England squad.

Nigeria has been pushing for the 22-year-old to play for the Super Eagles as he’s eligible to play for both Nigeria his heritage or England, the country of his birth.

Former England international John Fashanu who’s of Nigerian origin also chose to play for the Three Lions over Nigeria, and he has urged Tammy Abraham to snub England and play for his country of origin and avoid making the same mistake he made.

Fashanu said according to Punch Nigeria: “I’ve now been living in Nigeria for 14 years and I know that I made the wrong choice not playing for Nigeria.

“For him right now, everything looks like England is fantastic and wonderful. But it is only like I did, as he gets older he will realise that Nigeria is his motherland and as we have our problems in Nigeria, England also has its problems.

“What I want to tell Tammy Abraham is to make the right choice and play for his motherland which is Nigeria. He will have more time and make more appearances playing for Nigeria but the truth is he will make more money playing for England.

“It is now up to him (Tammy) to decide if he wants to play for Nigeria more than 50 times or if he wants to make $1m.

“But as a patriotic Nigeria I would have loved him to play for Nigeria. Don’t make the same mistakes that we elders made then.

“As an elder in the game, I can only offer advice. My advice to Tammy is to forget about money because money will come and go.

“Come back to your motherland and play for the country which I didn’t do. That’s my advice because now I know where I went wrong. I made a lot of money but I only played for England twice. I could have still made money with the Nigeria national team and made more appearances and helped the country to win many trophies and do wonderful things.

“Now I look back and see some of the mistakes I made and I don’t want him and other young Nigerians to make the same mistakes that I made.”

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