By George Brooks
Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke is hoping to revive the “friendly rivalry” he shares with his former Chelsea teammate Tammy Abraham for England.
The 20-year-old is hoping to make his debut for the Three Lions tonight against the five-time World Cup winners Brazil at Wembley.
His friend and former teammate Abraham made his England debut against world champions Germany in goalless draw on Friday.
Solanke and Abraham joined Chelsea’s youth-set up as eight-year-old’s and have been close friends ever since.
“Growing up, we knew in the back of our minds that we both wanted to be playing for England one day,” Solkane told the Evening Standard.
“We are always constantly battling with each other and giving each other banter. When you’re both doing well, it just pushes us to keep doing better. It is a friendly rivalry.”
The duo formed a lethal strike partnership for Chelsea’s academy and scored 41 goals each in the 2014/15 season.
Both players wanted to make it at Chelsea but Solanke left the club to join Liverpool in the summer where he is yet to start a Premier League game.
Meanwhile, Abraham is on loan at Swansea and has already found the net four times in the Premier League this campaign, earning him his first England call-up.
He scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City in the Championship last season.
Both players will be on the bench at Wembley tonight but the dream remains to reunite their Chelsea partnership on the international stage.
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