Thomas Tuchel: Tammy Abraham's Chelsea form will decide his England Euro 2020 fate

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confident improved club form will see Tammy Abraham return to international selection contention; Abraham was left out of England squad this week; striker could return to Blues line-up for FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United on Sunday

Tammy Abraham will be missing for Chelsea on Saturday
Image: Tammy Abraham was left out of Gareth Southgate's England squad this week

Thomas Tuchel believes Tammy Abraham knows his only route into England's European Championship squad is to regain top form with Chelsea.

The Chelsea boss admitted Abraham is more focused on forcing his way back into Chelsea's starting line-up than his England situation.

Abraham has battled ankle injuries for several weeks, but was back in full training on Friday and could feature in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Sheffield United.

Abraham was omitted from England's latest squad this week but Tuchel believes the 23-year-old has to focus first on matters at Chelsea.

Asked for an appraisal on Abraham's England situation, Tuchel said: "We have not talked about this, I actually feel him right now a bit more concerned about his role in our team.

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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says he is 'very happy' at his side's defensive improvement and feels there is plenty of 'strength and belief' within the squad

"I think he clearly knows a role in our team can improve his chances to have a role in the English national team.

"We did not talk about it but it would not surprise me if it's in his head. This is totally normal at this level that the players have their own interests, and one of the interests is to have a role in their team but also their country.

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"These are two objectives for Tammy, but in our talks now it's just about the next steps here, how to increase his involvement here.

"But, at the same time, when you give confidence to strikers who are actually on the pitch, we cannot change all the time so it's not easy.

"I accept that it's not too easy, but it's also not too hard, and I hope he is not too harsh on himself or overthinks it like, 'if my situation is like this now what are the consequences?'

"He has to refocus on his situation and this is what I feel. We have talked about the actual situation here in the club and from here he has, every day, the chance to find his way back."

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