CONTE TELLS SOUTHGATE TO DO THIS FOR LOFTUS-CHEEK AND TAMMY ABRAHAM

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Chelsea youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham were given their national team debuts by England boss Gareth Southgate as they were invited for the friendly games against Germany and Brazil.

Antonio Conte has lauded the act but wants Southgate to invite them for a World Cup qualifying game and the World Cup proper.

“I was very happy for these call-ups in the national team,” Conte began, “but don’t forget that these were friendly games. I was a coach for a national team and this is the right moment to find out, and to give an opportunity to young players. And don’t forget Gareth Southgate was their coach at England Under-21 level and he knows these young players very well.

“I will be very happy for Southgate to call them up for the World Cup. It would be a great opportunity for them, and it will mean they are really ready to play for a great team.”

Conte was then asked whether it is easier for an international manager to take a chance on blooding a new young player than it is for the manager of a leading club, he responded:

“There are two different moments. If you call on a young player during World Cup qualifiers, this is one thing. If you call him for a friendly when you are already sure you are in the World Cup, this is another thing because you can do an experiment and there is different pressure. It is two different situations; one is when you can and the result is not important, but for a club the result is always important.”

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