Tammy Abraham says he is planning to ‘steal ideas’ from Jamie Vardy with a Euro 2020 spot up for grabs.
The 22-year-old Chelsea marksman has won four England caps to date, with all of them coming under current Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
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- Tammy Abraham came through Chelsea’s esteemed youth set-up.
- He has spent time on loan with both Swansea City and Aston Villa.
- To date he’s made 29 appearances under Frank Lampard and registered 15 goals.
- He is being tipped to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
- Abraham has cited Jamie Vardy as his role model in the No. 9 position.
Abraham, who is enjoying a stellar campaign in front of goal for the Blues, has yet to complete a full 90 minutes wearing an England shirt, with his debut coming against Germany in November 2017.
That game, in which he started alongside Vardy up-top, ended goalless and saw him feature for just under an hour. More recently, Abraham has scored his first international goal as the Three Lions ran out 7-0 winners over Montenegro two months ago.
On that day Abraham came on as a second half substitute for Harry Kane, who recently sustained a serious hamstring injury that will see him sidelined until April, meaning he should be relatively fresh ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
If available, Kane – the national team captain – is certain to be in Southgate’s squad, but it remains to be seen what England’s other striking options are. As far as Abraham is concerned, he’s pushing for an inclusion, and is looking to the Premier League’s leading goalscorer, Vardy, for inspiration.
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“Of course I look up to Harry Kane and I’m gutted he’s injured but hopefully he’ll be back for the Euros,” he told the club’s official website.
“There is an opportunity and that’s the world of football but there’s a load of competition as well. I look across the board and see Marcus Rashford, Danny Ings, a lot of strikers scoring goals.
“Jamie Vardy is another talented striker, he has an eye for goal and he’s one of the players I’ve grown up loving. I’ve got to steal his ideas and make them my own but if he comes back [from international retirement], then he comes back. Hopefully I’ll still be there either way.
“I’m always ambitious and it’s always at the back of my mind. Growing up, I always wanted to play for England and now I have the opportunity so I’ll try to grab it with two hands. There’s probably more pressure being Chelsea’s number nine but I’m enjoying myself and I just have to keep doing that.
“It’s about staying focused on Chelsea, going out there every game and doing my best, getting the wins and then I can focus on the summer with England.”