Tammy Abraham has vowed to help Harry Kane become England’s all-time greatest goalscorer – even though he’s after his job.
Tottenham and England star Kane is just five goals away from overtaking Wayne Rooney who is top Three Lions scorer with 53. But while Roma star Abraham is happy to tee up the Spurs golf fanatic against Germany in Munich on Tuesday ultimately, he wants Kane’s shirt.
“I think for every player that’s the right mentality – being positive. We are all buzzing for Harry, we want him to smash the record and we’re always here to support him” says the former Chelsea star. “Whenever I’m given a chance if I’m on a pitch of him, I’ll try and help him get to his targets. But for me, it’s all about getting an opportunity, grabbing it with two hands and showing you’re made of.”
Abraham is certainly doing that under Jose Mourinho after a goal-filled debut Serie A season following his £34million move from Stamford Bridge last summer. It was a brave move by the 24-year-old star who’d been at Chelsea since he was seven.
But it’s already paid off – and Abraham really is living la dolce vita after finishing the season with 27 goals and a winners medal in the Europa League with Mourinho’s stars beating Feyenoord in the final.
“Rome has been great. One and off the pitch, life’s been good” he says. “This was my first time in Rome. I’d never even been there on holiday before but it’s been amazing learning about the history, culture and different style of living.
“I lived in London my whole life, so it’s nice to embrace something different – even learning Italian! It’s so hard to learn and you can get lazy at times and you can’t be bothered.
“But I’ve dedicated my mind towards learning a different language while I’m away because it’s something you can take with you throughout your life.
“Jose has walked in on me when I’ve been doing Italian lessons – and now he thinks I’m an expert. I fact, he now only speaks Italian to me! Jose’s very good at player management. Even now, I’m still getting messages from him asking how camp is going, how my family are, what holidays I’ve planned.”
And Abraham is certain his Italian job will make him a better England player.
“I’ve gone to Italy and had to mature quicker. A lot of people probably questioned it but for me it was about going out there to prove myself again, to shine, to spread my wings. And that’s what I’ve been doing.”