ENGLAND BOSS BACKS TAMMY ABRAHAM TO BOUNCE BACK FROM POOR FORM

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Tammy Abraham had a good loan spell two seasons ago with Bristol City in the Championship, and his loan spell last season with Swansea City started out well that he was even handed two caps with the England national team back in November.

The 20-year-old suffered a dip in form in the second half of his loan spell at Swansea last season and didn’t make Roy Hodgdon’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Tammy is currently with Boothroyd’s under-21s during the current international break and is looking to seal qualification to the European Championship next summer.

Abraham was included in Chelsea’s squad for their Community Shield defeat to Manchester City last month before being shipped out on loan to Championship side Aston Villa.

England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has backed Abraham to get back to the form that made Gareth Southgate call him up for the senior team.

Boothroyd said: “Very rarely do you get a players’ development that is on a smooth upward path.

“It is up and down, a rollercoaster. With Tammy, he has had an opportunity, he’s played [for the senior side], he’s got his cap, but now it’s about getting his head down and fighting his way back into that position.

“That’s just the beginning for him, not the end of it. It is a goal reached but now it is a question of how he can get 10 caps, 20 caps, 30 and so on. Tammy has had a taste of it and now he needs to fight his way back.”

Boothroyd believes Abraham now needs to bounce back from his minor setbacks.

“We have an individual plan for all of them and see where they are every six months,” he added.

“There is work going on behind the scenes on who is doing well, who is doing not so well and who is having adversity in their career.

“Tammy might be part of that but he’s got to fight his way back. That is part of any players’ tool kit. Mistakes happen and you’ve got to be able to live with them and move on and turn them into positives.”

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