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England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted Chelsea’s transfer ban might be good news for England in the long term with the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham now getting their chance at Stamford Bridge.
The trio have been important players for Chelsea this season under Frank Lampard.
Southgate said, according to The Mirror: “I think I’ve spoken for a couple of years now about the quality of young players coming through our academies.
“Chelsea have been at the forefront of that, winning Champions League youth, FA Youth Cup consistently.
“So, it’s a shame maybe one or two of their youngsters didn’t get that opportunity and have had to go and play elsewhere and might have missed that moment that has been perfect for the likes of Tammy and Mason.
“It’s great timing for them because they’ve had those loan spells and they were probably ready to take that opportunity.
“So, as a young player, you’ve got ability, you’ve got the work you do but in the end you need the opportunity.
“We knew the quality of the players; maybe if they hadn’t been in at Chelsea they might have gone on loan to a Premier League club this year.
“It’s good because if they’re playing at a club like Chelsea, similar to Manchester City, the expectations are high and the pressure is high, so that’s the environment that we need them to be playing in as much as possible.
“But I think what’s clear is that they’re enjoying that opportunity and enjoying their football. They’ve started the season reasonably well.”