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Chelsea striker Abraham to keep the faith with England

4th September 2019, 19:52 by James Mason

Tammy Abraham is said to have no desire to switch international allegiances to Nigeria and is intent on succeeding for England.

Abraham first joined Chelsea’s youth ranks in 2004 and worked his way through to the senior team in 2016, making his debut in a 1–1 Premier League draw with Liverpool after being brought on to replace Bertrand Traore in the 74th minute

However, the 21-year-old never had a sniff of establishing himself in the first team in the seasons to follow and he instead was sent out three times on loan, starting with Bristol City in the 2016/17 season, where he scored 23 Championship goals.

He then spent the 2017/18 campaign at Swansea City, netting five Premier League goals from 31 appearances, before making the temporary switch to Aston Villa last season.

During his time in the West Midlands, the striker scored 26 goals to help the club earn promotion to England’s top flight via the play-offs, where they defeated Derby County 2-1 in the final.

Ironically, Frank Lampard was in charge of the Rams that season and he is now at the helm for Chelsea, where Abraham is finally being given a chance to make a name for himself.

The London-born star has netted four times from as many games and there were suggestions he could be handed a call-up to England’s squad for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Bulgaria and Kosovo.

However, Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate decided to overlook the striker and there were rumours Abraham was contemplating switching his allegiances to Nigeria, who he qualifies for through a member of his family.

But this doesn’t appear to be the case with reports claiming the Englishman, who has two caps for England, wants to become a prolific member of Southgate’s team.

With a former England legend at the helm, Abraham could find international chances coming sooner rather than later and the Chelsea boss recently spoke about his star man.

“I would have loved it for him [to get called up by England], but he can take a bit of a breather,” he was quoted as saying by The Telegraph when asked about Abraham. “We can work with him because it is a constant with all the younger players. I think England will come calling.”

Abraham will next be in league action when Chelsea make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, September 14. The Blues drew 2-2 at home to Sheffield United last time out and have taken five points from their first four games.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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