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"Nigeria is bigger than any player" – Kanu reacts to Abraham and Tomori England call-ups

16:11 BST 03/10/2019
Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham Chelsea
The Blues’ stars have been called-up by the Three Lions and the African football great believes the Super Eagles will cope without them
Nwankwo Kanu is unmoved following England handing Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori international call-ups.

Gareth Southgate included the duo in the Three Lions’ squad to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October’s Euro 2020 qualification games, to end the question on where the Chelsea stars will commit their international allegiance.

Abraham, 22, who has been in rich scoring form for Frank Lampard’s side had been capped by the Europeans in friendlies against Germany and Brazil, while Tomori who is also eligible to feature for Canada has played 15 times for England's U21’s.

This development, however, did not come as a shock to the Arsenal great as he feels the Super Eagles have an array of stars to count on if the duo decides not to play for Nigeria.

“Our problem is that whenever someone starts doing well, we start chasing them which is not bad because other countries do that,” Kanu told Goal.

“I feel we don’t need to force people to play for the country, because Nigeria is bigger than any player.

“We have quality players everywhere so we can’t continue to beg one player to play for us. Nigeria cannot beg, players have to beg Nigeria.

“The best way to always go about this is talking to them to play for their fatherland.

“If they do, it’s good for us and if they don’t we move on. That’s football and I think we have enough and we can win matches without them.”

England are currently sitting top of Group A on 12 points, having won all four of their qualifying ties to date.

For Nigeria, they play Brazil in a high-profile friendly in Singapore on October 13.