Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham was the star of the show as England Under-19s thrashed Japan 5-1 in a friendly at the Manchester City FC Academy Stadium this afternoon.
Abraham provided City starlet Patrick Roberts with England’s second before scoring two goals of his own, including this confident finish from Lewis Cook’s delightful flick.
The only blotch on Abraham’s copybook was a missed first-half penalty. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Josh Onomah opened the scoring and Arsenal’s Daniel Crowley finished things off in stoppage time.
Abraham was already firmly on the radar of those in power at Stamford Bridge following his 41-goal haul across all of Chelsea’s youth teams last campaign – his first year as a scholar with the Blues.
Could this performance convince Jose Mourinho to give the 18-year-old striker a first-team chance? Diego Costa is struggling to replicate his debut-season form and both Radamel Falcao or Loic Remy have disappointed when given the opportunity to deputise during Chelsea’s torrid Premier League start.
The Blues are 16th in the table after seven defeats from their first 12 games. They return to action at home to Norwich City next weekend. Will Abraham be a surprise inclusion in Mourinho’s squad?
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