Fashanu advises Abraham to choose Nigeria over England

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Sport, Football, pic : 23rd May 1989Rous Cup, Wembley, England (0) vs Chile (0)England, back row, left - right: Paul Gascoigne, Des Walker, John Fashanu, Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher, Chris Waddle, Front row, left - right: Stuart Pearce, Paul Parker, Bryan Robson, Neil Webb, Nigel Clough (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

Former England striker, John Fashanu has waded into the debate of Chelsea’s rising star Tammy Abraham’s international career.

Abraham has a Nigerian father, and while he’s eligible to play for the Three times African champions, he can also opt for England, his country of birth.

 

Ahead of the international break next Month, there are reports emanating from Three Lions, that the Striker has been penciled down for a future England call-up, but Fashanu, who choose England over Nigeria and eventually played just two international matches for The Three Lions has advised the youngster to 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,” Fashanu said in an interview with Television Continental (TVC).

 

“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 (in 1989). Understand that if you are going to play for England, you are going to play four or five matches only because competition is stiff.”

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