This article is part of Football FanCast’s Off the Bench series, which places in-game managerial decisions and squad selections under FFC’s microscope.
England were in ruthless form against Montenegro on Thursday as they put the Balkan nation to the sword.
It was also a landmark evening for Tammy Abraham. The Chelsea striker was brought on after 57 minutes, and with his one and only shot of the match, he scored his first-ever goal for his national side when he poked in Jadon Sancho’s cross from the left.
Although the 22-year-old didn’t have much of the ball against the Brave Falcons, he was still efficient when it mattered. He took his chance from the bench fantastically, and it is sure to have caught the eye of Gareth Southgate.
Watch Chelsea Videos With StreamFootball.tv Below
Unfortunately for the former Aston Villa loanee, there was just one problem with his display, and it wasn’t really his fault: it wasn’t as good as Harry Kane’s. The Tottenham striker got himself a hat-trick before Abraham replaced him, taking his tally to 31 strikes in 44 caps, which adds to his 10 goals for his club already this season.
The 26-year-old is an absolute machine. Even at his age, he is the sixth-highest England goalscorer of all time, with his trio of strikes at Wembley seeing him overtake Frank Lampard, Vivian Woodward, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer. Already, that is some esteemed company he finds himself in.
Considering he is the captain and the current rate at which he is scoring, it seems only a matter of time before he breaks Wayne Rooney’s all-time record. Even with so long left in his career, he is one of the greatest England strikers of all time, and there is no reason why he can’t go on to be the best.
That, unfortunately, is a big problem for Tammy Abraham, and the Blues forward can only count himself incredibly unlucky that he is playing during the same period as Kane. Usually, one would be confident that he would make that number nine shirt his own. But with the £135m-valued star – as per Transfermarkt – ahead of him in the pecking order, he has next to no chance.