Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has backed Tammy Abraham to be a success at international level after the striker was called up to the England squad for the first time in two years.
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The 22-year-old last played for England two years ago when he made his debut against Germany, before coming off the bench against Brazil four days later.
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Meanwhile, 21-year-old defender Fikayo Tomori will step up from the U21s into England’s senior squad for the first time after establishing himself as Lampard’s first-choice centre-back.
Tomori could have left Chelsea on loan in the summer but his impressive form in pre-season, as well as David Luiz’s exit to Arsenal and an injury to Antonio Rudiger – provided a chance to stake a claim in the first team.
“I’m absolutely delighted with Tomori because I think Mason [Mount] and Tammy are taking a lot of the headlines this season and rightly so,” Lampard said.
“But from seeing Tomori at Derby last year where he was quite quiet, had loads of great talent in him but slightly raw in a way, to then see him play the full season last year when I relied on him hugely and then to come here – I think some people would have easily doubted whether he could step up to the Premier League yet.
“What he’s done is shown that he’s got great qualities so again it’s another natural progression and I’m really pleased for him. He deserves it because he’s been a dream to work with day-in and day-out for the last 15 months or so.”