Former England international, John Fashanu has advised Chelsea forward, Tammy Abraham to consider playing for Nigeria instead of England, Sportinglife.ng reports.
Despite representing England at youth level and having featured for the senior team in a non-competitive game, the 21-year-old Premier League top scorer is yet to fully decide where his allegiance lies as far as his international career is concerned.
While sharing his experience with the English national team with TVC News, the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker who was in similar position many years ago and was capped twice by England in 1989, said the Chelsea forward should learn from his mistakes.
“When I got to Nigeria myself and I came three times, I realized that Nigeria football and English football are completely different. Nigerian football was taken from the Brazilians but football in England is rough, bullish and aggressive, completely different. That was many years ago.
“I realized that I could not play the Nigerian football. I was happy that as a black Nigerian, I would be able to break into the English national team. Possibly one of the best and biggest country in the world certainly then it was wonderful. To play with Paul Gascoigne, Peter Shilton, they were legends.
“So I say to Tammy, think very well. When I went to play for England I could have played 100 games for the Super Eagles. But I got to play only two games for England. Understand that if you are going to play for England, you are going to play four or five matches only because competition is stiff.