Un­der-21 Euro­pean qual­i­fy­ing: Young Lion Abra­ham ready

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Neil Nai­smith

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.”

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