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Chelsea striker Abraham says England U21 can win Euros


Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham says England are capable of winning the U21 Euros.

Abraham, promoted last month while on loan with Aston Villa, is a veteran of the Under-21 semi-final defeat to Germany in Poland two years ago.

He has pinpointed why Aidy Boothroyd’s squad are confident this time around, insisting they are better prepared to cope with the tension of tournament football.

He said: “I think one thing that let us down last time was that everyone was a bit too tense.

“This squad are a lot more relaxed, there is a lot more laughing and joking between the boys.

“Don’t get me wrong, we are all deadly serious and focused when we are working, preparing and playing. But the mood around the camp is definitely a lot lighter this time and I think that is a good thing because it helps relieve the pressure.

“I think it’s because a lot of us have known each other since we were very young – and I mean young.

“My first memories of playing football are with the likes of Dominic Solanke, Jay Dasilva and Fikayo Tomori – and now we are all here playing together in this squad. It still feels like I am in the playground having a kickabout with my mates.”.

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