Friendlies: No England Call Up For Tammy Abraham
Swansea striker, Tammy Abraham has been snubbed by England as coach Gareth Southgate named his squad for two international friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy in March.
In November 2017, Abraham said he never considered playing for Nigeria despite being approached by the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick.
Born and raised in London, Abraham was eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his parents.
At the time, the 20-year-old told Sky Sports it was flattering that Nigeria wanted his international commitment, but his heart is with England.
“I was pretty set on England really. Playing in the Premier League meant it would be nice to play in the England team as well.
“They tried to, but like I said, the main focus was England. I see myself as being a long-term England player — I am 100 percent focused here to try and get into that team.”
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On 2 November 2017, Abraham was one of three uncapped players called up to the senior England team for friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
He made his debut against the former on 10 November, starting in a 0–0 draw at Wembley Stadium.
He may have been disappointed on Thursday when Southgate named four uncapped players - Nick Pope, James Tarkowski, Alfie Mawson and Lewis Cook for the two friendlies, without including him for the two pre-World Cup friendlies in March.
Meanwhile, Southgate included strikers Dele Alli and Danny Welbeck in the squad and snubbed injured Harry Kane.
England travel to face the Netherlands in Amsterdam on March 23 before taking on Italy at Wembley on March 27.
England squad to face the Netherlands and Italy
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Joe Gomez, James Tarkowski, Alfie Mawson, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier
Midfielders: Ashley Young, Eric Dier, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy
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