In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Tammy Abraham is reportedly ready to pledge his international future to England, Jurgen Klinsmann says Christian Pulisic must do more to fit into the Premier League and Aston Villa manager Dean Smith talks about John Terry’s development as a football coach.
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Abraham ready to accept England call-up
According to the Telegraph, Tammy Abraham is ready to commit his international future to England if he is selected by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The Chelsea striker has made two appearances for the Three Lions but remains eligible to play for Nigeria as both matches were international friendlies. However, that would no longer be the case if he is picked by Southgate and plays in a qualifying match later this month.
‘Southgate names his squad for England’s double-header on Thursday with Abraham waiting to see whether or not his good form for Chelsea will be enough to earn him a place in the squad,’ states the report.‘Nigeria have been attempting to convince Abraham to switch his international allegiance, despite the fact the 21-year-old has already won two senior England caps in friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
‘Abraham has not publicly committed himself to either county, but it is understood he wants to play for England and would accept a call from Southgate if it came.
He qualifies for Nigeria through his father, who is close childhood friends with the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick.’
Pulisic told to get nasty
Former Germany and United States national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told ESPN Christian Pulisic needs to become ‘nasty’ if he is to succeed at Chelsea.
Pulisic made his international debut under Klinsmann in 2016 and the former striker said he admired the 21-year-old's decision to move from Borussia Dortmund to England, although he feels he must do more to fit into the Premier League.
‘You never know it's the right fit unless you do it,’ said Klinsmann, who had two spells in the Premier League as a Tottenham Hotspur player.
‘Christian did well to say: ‘I'm going to throw myself in another cold water, go over to London and throw myself in the Premier League, and I have to fight through the system there.” So that's what he's in.
‘He's a very special player, he's tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.
‘He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London -- also to one of the biggest clubs in the world -- you got to bring your elbows out.
‘What I mean with the elbows is that you have to become nasty in order to make yourself a starter.’
Villa boss hails Terry’s coaching development
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has told the Birmingham Mail how he has enjoyed working with John Terry over the past 12 months and described the Chelsea legend as ‘an excellent coach’.
The 38-year-old became an assistant coach at Villa last October, shortly after he had announced his retirement, and has taken well to the role under Smith.
‘He's got better and better if I'm honest,’ said Smith of Terry. ‘When he first came in, he looked at me and [assistant coach] Richard O’Kelly for a lot of advice, whereas now he will just go out and take players aside.
‘He does video work with them as well as bits on the training ground. He's become an excellent coach. He focuses more on the defensive side of it and Richard will focus on the forward play. I have more of a holistic view of all of it.
‘He's just a really good person as well as a good coach. He's been used to high standards at Chelsea. He pushes through those high standards at the football club, whether it be on the training ground or off it. There's little bits that I still pick up from him.
‘He's also learning from me. During most of my talks, he's there having a little scribble on his notepad. He's very studious in what he does.’