'I made a mistake to choose England', Fashanu tells Tammy Abraham
'I made a mistake to choose England', Fashanu tells Tammy Abraham

'I made a mistake to choose England', Fashanu tells Tammy Abraham

Former England international John Fashanu has revealed his decision to play for the English senior national team ahead of Nigeria was a mistake.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was named by coach Gareth Southgate for England's two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Czech Republic in the next international break.

The 20-year-old is eligible to play for England and Nigeria but that debate may be over if he get on the pitch against Czech or Bulgaria.

In an apparent bid to convince the Chelsea striker not to chose the Three Lions ahead of the Super Eagles,

“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.”

The Wimbledon legend though admitted that the final decision lies with the 21-year-old player.

“At the end of the day we must understand that his choice is his own choice.

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