In the season leading up to a World Cup a youngster always comes from nowhere so sneak a seat on the plane.
Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Swansea from Chelsea, may well be that youngster, given his impressive start to life in the Premier League.
But he won’t be on England’s plane, with Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick claiming Abraham has agreed to switch allegiance to the Super Eagles.
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Pinnick was quoted in The Sun as saying: “I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week.
“It’s been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England.
“He and his parents have started the necessary documents to effect the switch.
“Clearly he understands he stands a better chance playing for the Super Eagles.
“With his talent he has the ability to fight for a place in the Nigeria squad, by God’s grace we make it to Russia, then he would contest for a chance to represent his fatherland.”
Unbeaten Nigeria are currently top of their qualifying group containing Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria and on course to qualify.
But the news will come as a blow to England boss Gareth Southgate who will have been keeping a close eye on his development with Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21s.
Abraham, a prolific goalscorer for Chelsea at youth level, has three goals in nine games for the Under-21s as well as five in 14 for the Under-19s.
His decision will also worry the FA, who have seen several high profile players switch allegiance over the past couple of years.
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Wilfried Zaha chose to represent Ivory Coast, his country of birth, despite playing twice for the England senior team.
Two of Abraham’s Chelsea colleagues, Victor Moses and Ola Aina, also decided to play for Nigeria after being involved in the England setup at youth level.
So where are we going wrong?