Under-21 European qualifying: Young Lion Abraham ready
ENGLAND Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd believes Tammy Abraham will only get better after his starring role against Scotland.
The striker scored a penalty and set up Dominic Solanke for England’s third goal in Friday’s 3-1 Euro 2019 qualifying win in Middlesbrough.
Abraham also hit the post and had another cleared off the line as the Young Lions moved top of Group Four ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Andorra.
The Chelsea man, on loan at Swansea, now has five goals in 13 England Under-21 caps and has bagged three for the Swans this season, earning praise from Boothroyd (right).
“He’s one of those players who will go through dry spells but he is so capable and enthusiastic he lights up the dressing room and pitch when he goes out there,” the boss said.
“Everybody buzzes off him, he’s got a good chance of developing into a really good player.
“I’ve never met anyone at 19 or 20 who is patient. They want everything now but that’s good. It’s good to be hungry and have ambition.
“He wants to get better, they’re all like that, and they see the opportunity they might have in the senior team and they’re working hard to get there.”
The Under-21s’ win – started by Josh Onomah’s stunning half-volley – came a day after the senior England side qualified for the World Cup.
And Boothroyd did not rule out the possibility of some of his young guns making the plane to Russia next summer.
“You can never say never, Harry Winks is an example of that. Nathan Redmond went up last year, Nathaniel Chalobah this year and James Ward-Prowse last year,” he said.
“It was a great result, we’re all really pleased and it gave us a real boost going into the game. We’re going to a World Cup and so many big nations might not get there.”
Onomah, on loan at Aston Villa, was hailed by Boothroyd after his wonder strike got things rolling on Friday night.
He said: “Josh is one of those players that you’re never quite sure what his best position is. Is he a number 10 or a number eight who breaks from midfield?
“He has started scoring goals. He didn’t score many for Tottenham but he seems to score for us. Getting the game time at
Villa is helping him to improve and helps us.
“If you and I tried it 100 times it wouldn’t go in at all but he’s talented enough he’ll score half of them. It’s one of those that it hits a steward or it goes in the top corner. Luckily it went in.”