Tammy Abraham believes Callum Hudson-Odoi’s call-up to the senior England squad is fully deserved.
Abraham, who was set to be joined in the Under-21 side by Hudson-Odoi before the teenager’s promotion to Gareth Southgate’s senior side, has watched first-hand the rapid rise of the man he calls his ‘little brother’ and is pleased to see him reaping the rewards with this call-up.
‘He's more than deserved this call up and I'm very happy for him,’ said Abraham.
‘Ever since a young age, he's been unbelievable. Watching him grow up to where he is now, he's done very well and now he's actually doing it in men's football for the world to see.
‘It's heart-warming and I just hope he continues that and carries on building.
‘Callum’s always been like a little brother to me. He was always coming into my house, we didn't really play together because he was a bit too young but he was my brother's age and they're good mates.’
While Callum has hit the headlines with this call-up, it’s fair to say that Abraham has been having a fine season of his own on loan with Aston Villa.
The striker is Villa’s top goalscorer in the Championship and is hoping he can help Dean Smith and John Terry’s side into the Premier League by winning promotion. However, Tammy believes his future lies in the top flight with Chelsea.
‘As a young kid, I've always believed I’m good enough to play for Chelsea,’ said the 21-year-old frontman. ‘I’ve always believed that I will play for Chelsea.
‘I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.
‘That's the aim going into next season, to go back there and [challenge for a place in the squad] hopefully it will be after helping Villa get promoted.’