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Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were called up to Gareth Southgate’s England’s squad ahead of the international break.
For Tammy Abraham, it’s a return to the England senior team as he was last involved in a Three Lions squad two years ago when he made his debut as a starter against Germany at Wembley before coming off the bench in the meeting with Brazil four days later. For Tomori, it’s his first ever senior team call-up having represented England at Under-20 and Under-21 level.
However, for both players, it’s the first time they will be called up to the Three Lions squad for a competitive game as they made the squad for England’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Southgate has hailed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for giving English talents a chance and explained why he called up Abraham and Tomori.
“I think what’s been great for us in terms of England is to see Frank [Lampard] as a coach getting an opportunity at a big club and he’s playing a lot of young English players,” said Southgate.
“Both of these guys have been in our development teams for a long time, Fik was in our Under-20s when they won the World Cup and has played very well, so we think it’s a good time to have a closer look at him and work with him.
“Tammy is the leading English goalscorer in the league so it doesn’t take too much to see why he would be in the frame with us.
“He’s always scored goals at every age level with our teams and it’s great to see him getting a run in the first team at Chelsea.”
Mason Mount and Ross Barkley are the two other Chelsea players who made the squad.