Sir Hurst hopes that Tammy Abraham can ‘challenge’ Harry Kane for England spot after resurgence.

Tammy Abraham of AS Roma during the Serie A
Tammy Abraham of AS Roma during the Serie A

England World Cup-winning legend Sir Geoff Hurst is delighted to see Tammy Abraham shine for England and expects him to challenge Harry Kane for the main striker spot in The Three Lions squad.

The former Chelsea striker has found a new lease of life in Italy with AS Roma, managed by former Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho. The 24-year-old was called up to the national team for the October World Cup qualifiers as a reward for his fine form in the Serie A, where he has scored four goals in ten games.

He marked his return to the national team with a goal against Andorra last week and has generally impressed Gareth Southgate with his energy and work rate.

Although Harry Kane remains England’s number one striker, Sir Hurst believes that Abraham’s resurgence could pose a threat to Kane.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Sir Hurst stated how impressed he’s been by Abraham since his return to the England squad.

When discussing Abraham’s goal against Andorra, the World Cup winner said;

 “Once you get a goal under your belt that gives you a lot more confidence, and the more confident you get as a player, the better you perform.

“It’s great to see.”

Sir Hurst also stated that he was pleased with the performance of fringe players like Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard, adding that the great competition in the attack will give Kane a ‘challenge’.

“The strength and depth of the England squad is fantastic, the best we’ve seen in a long time,” he added.

 “For Tammy, it’s a goal under his belt, and now he’ll move on and continue to improve and hopefully give our friend at Tottenham, Harry Kane, a bit of a challenge, which you obviously always need.”