I Can’t Guarantee Nigerian-Born Players, Others Playing Time – England Manager

England u-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has revealed that he can’t guarantee Nigerian-born players like Tammy Abraham, Sheyi Ojo and other players playing time.

He also said that the strength of his squad means that some of his players could be “promised the world” to play for other countries.

In his words, he said:

“Tammy didn’t start the game before last but that’s just one of those things.”

“Perhaps other countries will see that, get into him and get him in the first team.” he added.

Speaking further about his players, 46-year old Boothroyd said:

“You can’t blame them because they’re good players.”

“It’s a hard one. I can’t guarantee they are going to play because the group is so good.

“These are lads who have played for England who have an affinity with us and a relationship. When it happens with Sheyi I can pick the phone up, the same with Tammy.” he concluded.

Young Tammy Abraham, who is on loan at Swansea City from English champions Chelsea, has been in the news recently after reports claimed the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) were trying to convince him to play for Nigeria.

Tammy is eligible to play for Nigeria through his father and has publicly denied those reports while pledging his international future to England.