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Harry Kane hails ‘great player’ Tammy Abraham as England captain relishes competition

After struggling for regular playing time under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, the signing of Romelu Lukaku allowed the 24-year-old to move elsewhere last summer.

While the England striker was linked with what seemed like a more natural move to another Premier League side, it was Roma who paid £34million to bring him to the Italian capital.

Leaving behind the disappointment of missing out on the England squad for Euro 2020, Abraham scored 27 goals in 53 club appearances in all competitions during a prolific debut season in Serie A.

Returning to Gareth Southgate’s plans, Abraham currently looks like the most realistic option in the England squad to offer an alternative to Kane, especially with Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggling for form and fitness at Everton .

Speaking to talkSPORT ahead of Saturday’s loss to Hungary, Kane spoke of the need for competition.

“I think Tammy is a great player,” he said.

“He’s had a fantastic season at club, he’s still learning and has experience to gain, but every time he comes here he works hard and trains hard.

“He wants to impress the manager, he wants to score goals and of course it’s great to have competition in every position and in the Premier League we have great English strikers who regularly score goals.

“Tammy does that for Roma too so he’s a great player and I’m sure he’ll want to keep improving, keep working hard and that’s what he’ll try to do in this camp and to back to club level as well.”

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