Frank Lampard has urged Tammy Abraham to take advantage of Harry Kane’s injury to prove that he can step up and be England’s main striker.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward will be sidelined until at least April after needing surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.
It means that the 26-year-old could even be a doubt for the Euros this summer, should there be any complications in his recovery.
Abraham has been one of the stand-out English strikers this season, netting 12 Premier League goals and getting a call-up in the last round of international matches.
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England play again in March when they take on Italy and Denmark in friendlies, and if Abraham continues in this form then Lampard thinks his number nine should be looking to push himself even further.
“He should always be thinking that. He’s not silly,” You know who your competitors are whether it is to get into our team or the England team. So those things you see the environment about yourself.
“What I love about Tammy is that it just won’t be Harry Kane, he would do well but he should be taking markers from Harry Kane’s game himself.
“Tammy will be watching every type of striker and trying to improve himself at all times. And that’s the only important thing because the rest will fall into place.
“It’s a start. It’s something he needs to keep going because he is probably at that stage now where everyone is starting to expect Tammy to play well, score and affect games in a big way. And that brings a new challenge and that is his one now.”
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