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Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke are both products of the Chelsea academy, and it’s Abraham who’s making the rounds with his impressive form and has earned a call up from Gareth Southgate to join the national team.
Abraham currently leads the Premier League’s scorer’s chart this season with 8 goals along with Sergio Aguero, and his form has earned him an England call-up.
Solanke who’s currently with Bournemouth has now backed Abraham to excel with the national team.
“Is Abraham ready to step up? Yeah you can see what he is doing,” Solanke said.
“He has had a fantastic start to the season and is doing what he is doing for Chelsea so hopefully he can take that onto the international stage as well.”
Solanke, who signed for Bournemouth early this year, hopes he will get the opportunity to play again with Abraham for the national team in the future.
“Yeah I think it would be fun,” he said. “It’s nice to see everyone doing so well and hopefully we can play again together for England one day. It’s good to see that Gareth Southgate is calling up the youth, it gives us all a chance to push for that.”
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has looked at the careers of both players and hailed the character strength of Tammy Abraham.
“Do you know what I love about him? When he was at Chelsea, scoring goals for fun, they had Dominic Solanke and everyone was in the house thought he was better than him,” Ferdinand said on BT Sports.
“He’s had to go out on loan, he’s had to go and prove himself at various clubs in the Championship, he’s had to show people ‘I’m made of the right stuff’.
“He’s come back and yes, he has been fortunate in the sense of the transfer ban but again, character. You can have all the ability in the world but if you don’t have the character, the nous to see a situation and say ‘I’m going to take that’.
“He’s doing that and he’s improving game by game, going strength to strength.”