England manager Gareth Southgate has called up Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to the national squad for the first time for the upcoming European Qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The Chelsea pair have impressed under Frank Lampard in the Premier League, and were rewarded with places in Southgate’s England squad.
Southgate admitted that it was an easy decision to name Abraham in the latest squad, as he’s scored more goals in the Premier League than any other English striker.
Gareth Southgate on Tammy Abraham: “We put him into the squad very young, when we were changing the complexion of what we were doing. That was a bit early for him but because of the opportunity given to him by Frank Lampard at Chelsea, we’ve brought him back in.
“This is now a great chance for Tammy. He’s always scored goals for our junior teams, he’s done that in the Championships and now he’s grasped his opportunity at the beginning of this season.”
Tyrone Mings was also called up for the second time, but he’s yet to make his first appearance for the team.
James Maddison was also included in Southgate’s plans for a second successive squad, but he too is yet to claim his first cap.
Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Fabian Delph is recalled to the squad after a decent start to the season.
Harry Winks was also named in Southgate’s team, as he looks to add to his three previous appearances; the latest in October 2017.
Southgate will likely stick with Jordan Pickford in goal, but both Tom Heaton and Nick Pope are keeping the Everton star looking over his shoulder.
In defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Tripper were selected as right-backs, while Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose are the team’s left-backs.
Southgate will then have Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Mings and Tomori to choose from for his defensive partnership.
Elsewhere, Callum Wilson, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford continue as England’s strike force, with the latest addition of Abraham.
After the squad was named, Southgate admitted that it was a particularly tough decision to narrow his choices down to just 23 players.
“There have been some difficult decisions to make,” he said. “It’s an exciting squad, with players very much in form.
“There’s still an emphasis on the development of younger players but surrounded by good experience.”
There’s no place in the squad for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who’s recovering from illness, while Kyle Walker also misses out.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli failed to make the cut, as Mason Mount was named ahead of him.
Jesse Lingard has also been left out of the squad, despite being one of Southgate’s preferred selections.
The United midfielder has struggled for form in the opening weeks of the season after coming back from injury.
Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier.
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks.
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson.