Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has backed striker Tammy Abraham to get called up to the England national team following his impressive start to the season. The youngster has so far scored several goals in the English Premier League from five games and is jointly on the top of the scorers’ charts along with Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.
Abraham who starred on loan with Aston Villa last season scored his first hattrick for the Blues during their 5-2 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. He is so far proving his sceptics wrong. Some people under-estimated Abraham ahead of this season after he had an impressive previous loan spell with Swansea City during the 2017/18 season as he went on to score just five goals in the Premier League that season.
However, after starring for Villa in the Championship last season and helping Dean Smith’s side to win promotion to the top-flight, he looks to be a more mature and refined player.
“The way he’s going it’s obviously going to put him in that bracket, without telling Gareth [Southgate – England manager] what to do,” said Lampard as quoted by TalkSport.
“To score seven goals in three games and be top scorer and play with the quality he’s playing in his all-round game – the three different types of goals he scored are exactly what you want from Tammy: a messy one, a good header and then a fantastic feet and finish goal.
“He has to sustain it and he has to get even better. He has to be hungry, which I know he is. He can never rest on his laurels because there is more work to be done and that England squad is a few weeks away. He needs to keep playing at that level and he’ll have a great chance, I’d suggest.”
Abraham definitely deserves an England call-up
Tottenham star Harry Kane should quite obviously be the first choice England striker at the moment. However, one can argue that Abraham is now a better player than Callum Wilson who has been used as a back-up option to Kane by Gareth Southgate. Abraham made his Three Lions debut in November 2017 during a 0-0 friendly international draw with Germany. He has two appearances internationally for England but remains eligible to switch his international allegiance through his father as well as due to the fact that he has not yet represented England in a competitive international fixture.
Based on his current form, Abraham should almost definitely get called up to the England squad for their next fixture. He is currently the second best English striker behind Kane and could even provide the Spurs star with strong competition going forward.