A former England international has unraveled the secret behind the Chelsea forward’s decision to shun Gernot Rohr’s invitation and feature for the Three Lions.
Ex-Wimbledon striker John Fashanu has revealed that financial considerations played a huge part in Tammy Abraham’s choice of turning out for Gareth Southgate’s side and not the Super Eagles.
The one-time Super Eagles hopeful who later played a few games for England lambasted Nigeria football administrators for providing poor welfare packages for retired professionals, while insisting that Nigeria stars abroad would always chose their adopted countries simply because of the welfare benefits.
“Till today, I still get my benefits, my pensions. I get N5m monthly as pensions for being an ex-footballer in England and I am now in my 50s,” Fashanu said
“Tammy knows why he hasn’t played for the Super Eagles and it’s because there is more financial benefits playing for England, there is more glory and less wahala.
“Why do we ask the boy to play for Nigeria and torture him? We need to step up. Tammy is a massive miss for Nigeria.
“Nobody went to London to talk to him and explain to him the benefits of playing for his motherland.
“And when you hear what happened to Kanu Nwankwo, Jay Jay Okocha, did anybody come out to defend him over his tax bills, did anybody come out to defend Kanu when he had issues with his hotel,” he concluded.