”They are not interested in Discussing Their International Options”, Rohr Says as He Speaks on Tomori, Abraham’s Chances in Super Eagles

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr have ruled out the chances of bringing in Chelsea players Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori into his present squad.

The super eagles gaffer who spoke with BBC sport said that the Chelsea players where not currently part of his plan, as they were also not interested in discussing their international options yet.

Abraham, 21, is eligible for Nigeria through his father and has been capped twice by England in friendlies and at youth levels.

Tomori who is also 21, has 15 caps for the England Under-21 team but has previously said he could play for Nigeria as he is eligible through his parents.

“They are both interesting players, but we have made our immediate plans without Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

“They are not interested in discussing their international options at the moment and we need to respect that.”

England are due to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in World Cup qualifiers this month. Should either player take to the field in one of the competitive fixtures they will no longer have the option of changing their allegiance.

“It is also significant to note that Abraham has been assured that he will be in the England squad,” Rohr added.

“Tomori is a very good friend of our player Ola Aina (ex-Chelsea and England youth international) and he said he does not want to discuss this for now.

“We have to focus on what we have and not lose focus about what people say all the time.”

Nigeria, three-time African champions have previously succeeded in convincing former England youth players like Aina, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Sone Aluko to represent them.

Another English-born player, Joe Aribo who plays for Scottish outfit, Glasgow Rangers made his debut in the 2-2 draw against Ukraine in September.

Aribo’s Rangers teammate and England U-20 World Cup winner Sheyi Ojo is also ready to switch allegiance and represent Nigeria at senior level.

And last week another former England youth international, Chuba Akpom, revealed he has now pledged his international allegiance to the country of his parents.


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