The English U21 team coach, Aidy Boothroyd has said that he doesn’t appreciate Nigeria’s approach lately over his players.
The three-time African champions are keen to persuade Tammy Abraham and Sheyi Ojo to switch their national allegiance.
Tammy who is on loan at Swansea City from Premier League champions Chelsea, is expected to lead England’s U21 side against Scotland in a 2019 European Championship qualifier.
Liverpool winger Ojo is currently nursing a dislocated shoulder he suffered while on loan at Fulham, which has ruled out of action for three months.
The pair are still eligible to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles as they are yet to feature for the Three Lions of England, but Boothroyd remains confident the relationship he has with the players will help choose to remain with the county of their place of birth.
“The good thing is we have a relationship and I can pick the phone up and say, ‘What’s going on mate? Do I have to get a Nigerian passport and come and be your coach so you can stay with us?’.
“You can understand why although 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.