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England have surpassed the expectations of everyone at the World Cup by reaching the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has admitted he is proud of England’s success at the World Cup.

“England have done well, better than everyone’s expected really,” Abraham told Chelsea’s official website.

“Everyone is proud of them and there is such a great atmosphere. You can see from everyone’s faces when they score. There is no pressure on them, they have done us proud and they have to keep going.”

Abraham also believes the seeds of England’s success in Russia were sown many years ago.

“Working with the Under-21s meant Gareth got to see a lot of young players and young talent, and that has helped the England senior team. It goes to show now because we have a young team at the World Cup and they’re doing very well,” Abraham added.

“I think it’s the difference between the other managers England have had compared to Gareth Southgate. Hopefully he can continue keeping an eye out on the young teams and bringing them into the first team, like he did with me.”

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