Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has challenged Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to target Harry Kane’s spot in the England team.
Gareth Southgate recalled Abraham into the England squad on Thursday two years after making his debut. It came following the striker’s breakthrough campaign at Chelsea this season.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable start to life under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge. Currently, he’s scored two more goals than England’s leading frontman Kane in the Premier League scoring charts.
And now Hasselbaink has urged Abraham to keep up the performances by challenging Kane for his place in Southgate’s line-up.
“As a young boy when you dream of being a footballer you want to play at the highest level and the highest level is England,” the ex-Blues striker told Sky Sports.
“He’s been called up. He is going to get the chance and he has to compare himself with the best [striker] and that is Kane at the moment.
“He has to try to get [Harry] Kane’s position. It is not easy but that is going to be the next step. He has been invited for the England national squad. Now can you make that place yours?
“The only way is to do well for Chelsea, keep on scoring and when you go with England show that you can do it on that level as well.”
Hasselbaink added: “He’s very good, very sharp around the box – I like him.
“His movement is really good. I think when he plays in a dominant team he will score lots of goals because of his movement and he gets himself on the end of things. That is a good habit to have.
“He holds the ball up [well], gets the ball past [the defender] and gets his shots away. Those are really good attributes that a striker needs to have.
“He scores ugly goals. So for me, he should be able to get 20 plus goals.”
Abraham could make his competitive debut for England in their Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic next Friday in Group A.
Three Lions will then visit Bulgaria for last one qualifier three days later before the international break ends.