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Will Tammy Abraham produce at international level?

Saturday 4th November 2017
Gareth Southgate has announced England's squad for the upcoming friendly fixtures. Tammy Abraham's name has drawn interest. Can the youngster impress?

Abraham caught many an eye last season. Loaned out to Bristol City from Chelsea, he ended up as the Championship's runner-up goalscorer, after Chris Wood. Notching 23 league goals in 41 games was a personal achievement that gained heavy media attention. Scoring so many goals at such a young age will obviously attract interest from other clubs, and that is exactly what happened for the youngster.

Loaned out againin the summer by veteran-laden, star-struck Chelsea, Abraham has found a new club: Swansea City. His wish to play in the Premier League has come true. So far in 2017-18, Abraham has four goals in 10 league appearances. Not too bad. It's fair to say he has made a good first impression despite his club's troubles. England boss Gareth Southgate clearly thinks the 6'3" striker deserves a place in the England squad right now.
No stranger to the England set-up, Abraham has played at youth levels for the Three Lions. Despite being eligible to appear for Nigeria, through his father's birthright, the striker has consistently opted to play for his home country. He has represented England at the U18 and U19 levels. For the Under 19s, Abraham appeared in three of  four games at the 2016 European championships.

Stepping up a level to the U21s, Tammy Abraham took part in the 2017 U21 European Championship. England were knocked out in the semis by Germany. Regardless, it was a sign we had not seen the last of the young talented forward.

In Paul Clements' Swansea side, the English youngster has proven capable of great things. Abraham is Swansea's top scorer this campaign, using his stature and physicality to manipulate play when near the ball.
During his time at youth level for England, Abraham has played 31 games, scoring 12 times. He obviously has potential, but the senior team is another level. Brazil and Germany will be tough tests, if the youngster actually features. The two nations have won the most (5) and joint-second most (4) World Cups, respectively. Each possesses a reputation that can kill opposing players' confidence before they take the field.

If Abraham does play, we will see how he performs at football's highest level. He can't help but be aware of the pressures that come with representing England. Hopefully, there will be only one thing on his mind: scoring goals for his country.

That Gareth Southgate has called him up should be a great confidence booster, even if he doesn't play. It is an indication the young forward is making the right steps in his career. Who knows what he can achieve this season? Ten to 15 Premier League goals and maybe another to commemorate his first England senior cap would be nice.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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