Tammy Abraham: Idol Kane is best forward in the world, Van Dijk's a beast

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham was recently called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, and has heaped praised on two fellow Premier League players - Harry Kane and Virgil Van Dijk.

The 22-year-old has been on exhilarating form since returning to Chelsea from loan spells, where he spent last season on loan with promoted Aston Villa, scoring 26 goals in the process in the Championship. 

Eight goals in the Premier League and another in the Champions League has cemented his fine start under Frank Lampard, and his spot at Chelsea's no.9 leading the line for the Blues. 

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Tammy Abraham was pivotal for Aston Villa in the 2018/19 season as the Midlands side were promoted to the Premier League following a play-off final victory at Wembley against Frank Lampard's Derby County.Getty Images

Abraham was given a call-up by Gareth Southgate last week, after opting for England instead of Nigeria for his international career and vowed that he will be staying in the side after getting his first taste on senior international football. 

"I’m back and now it’s time to stay here," Abraham said.

But he reflected on his fellow England forward counterpart Harry Kane, and revealed that he believes the Tottenham forward is the best forward in the world, but is hopeful he will get his chance with the upcoming games for the Three Lions.

"I’m here because right now I’m doing so well. I’m the top goalscorer in the league. Hopefully I’ll get my chance and take it," Abraham added.

"Harry’s someone I’ve grown up watching. For me he’s the best striker in the world.

"I was always excited to come here, to watch him train, to train with him, and hopefully maybe play with him as well. He’s always going to be my idol."

But the praise didn't stop there, as Abraham labelled Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk 'a beast' who is constantly frustrating him and other forwards.

"He’s a beast. He’s just good at what he does. He’s experienced. I try to do a little…I try to use my tricks in my head but his understanding of the game is top drawer.

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Tammy Abraham's Chelsea teammate Fikayo Tomori was also given his first call-up to the England senior side - Mason Mount and Ross Barkley were also selected for international duty.England

"It is to do with little things. Movement. My movement in the box, some defenders don’t pay attention to me - they are only focused on the ball," the 22-year-old said.

"With him, it’s kind of both, he’s paying attention to me and the ball, knows where I am, knows where I want to go, follows me.

"It’s quite annoying for a striker - just leave me alone!"

Czech Republic and Bulgaria are the two opponents for England in the next seven days, and Tammy Abraham will be hopeful that Gareth Southgate offers him a chance to lead the line for the Three Lions.