- Tammy Abraham scored twice in Swansea’s 8-1 FA Cup win over Notts County
- The 20-year-old said Gareth Southgate gave him words of encouragement
- Abraham is hopeful of a call-up for next month’s round of England internationals
- ‘I am not a person who lacks confidence, I always believe in myself,’ he claimed
Tammy Abraham is aiming to make a late run for England’s World Cup squad after returning to scoring form in Swansea’s FA Cup demolition of Notts County.
The 20-year-old striker, on loan from Chelsea, revealed Gareth Southgate provided words of encouragement following his first two caps in November.
Abraham has been studying Harry Kane to make personal improvements and believes he can convince Southgate to call him up for next month’s internationals.
Tammy Abraham is eyeing a late run for Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup
The striker, on loan at Swansea from Chelsea, scored twice as Swansea beat Notts County
Abraham scored two and set up two more against Notts County to take his season’s tally to seven and believes he is now over the injury problems that saw him go on a near four-month drought from October.
‘It’s like a fresh start for me,’ he said. ‘I am not a person who lacks confidence, I always believe in myself and when I get the chance I like to take it.
‘Not scoring has an effect because it plays on your mind but all the best players in the world have that.’
For England Abraham started the friendly against Germany and came on for the final 15 minutes against Brazil and earned praise from Southgate.
Abraham started England’s goalless draw against Germany at Wembley back in November
‘After the two games he just said, “It is going to be tough at Swansea, because of the position you are in. Just go there and work as hard as you can and believe in yourself and hopefully get the team out of the mess”.
‘England is at the back of my mind. I know I have to give a performance to get back in the team, whenever I am given the chance. I have to keep proving myself and that’s what I am willing to do.’
He said playing at this summer’s World Cup in Russia is the ultimate ambition and Kane has provided inspiration.
‘England is at the back of my mind… I have to give a performance to get back in the team’
‘Now I am back I would obviously love to do that,’ said Abraham. ‘I feel like I have built different aspects of my game, not just scoring goals, I have been through the ugly side of football as well so I think I have grown as a person and in maturity.
‘Harry is a player I have always looked up to and he is one of the greatest strikers. I obviously follow his past and what he has been through so it gives me confidence that there is a light at the end of every tunnel. It encourages me to keep pushing and try my best.’
Abraham said he has been following developments at Chelsea and plans to return to the club in the summer.