England name Abraham for European qualifiers

England name Abraham for European qualifiers Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham has been named in the England U21 squad after rejecting reports from last week that he wanted to start representing Nigeria at international level, Skysports reports.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd has named a 24-man squad for their European qualifiers against Scotland and Andorra, which includes Abraham who is eligible to play for Nigeria through his father.

The Chelsea striker, who is currently on loan at Swansea, confirmed he held talks with Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick earlier this month, but has since released a statement confirming his commitment to England.

Boothroyd’s team features the majority of the group which secured a draw and victory against Netherlands and Latvia earlier this month, although they are without Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer through injury.

“I was really pleased with the way it went, we got four points on the board in our games which was what we’d targeted and the way the group came together for the start of our campaign was pleasing,” Boothroyd told the official FA website.

“The game with Scotland is an intriguing fixture and it’s a really good game for us. The fact that the Scots beat the Dutch is good for the group I think because it now sets it up nicely for our game with them.

“They’re a team that will naturally want to beat us and they’ll be working very hard to do that.”

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks and Crystal Palace’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek have both been selected for October’s fixtures alongside Leicester striker Demarai Gray.

Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nottingham Forest’s Joseph Worrall and Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson (on-loan at Shrewsbury Town), are the three uncapped players.

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