England: Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham added to Gareth Southgate’s squad

Tammy Abraham celebrates with Jadon Sancho
Tammy Abraham scored his first goal for England against Montenegro in 2019

Gareth Southgate has added Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell and Roma striker Tammy Abraham to his England squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The pair will join the squad at St George’s Park on Tuesday.

Chilwell’s club teammate Reece James has been ruled out due to injury after Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said he surprised by his choice.

England will play an away game against Andorra on October 9, followed three days later by Hungary at Wembley Stadium.

The Three Lions top Group I, entering the penultimate international break of the year with 16 points from six games.

Chilwell, 24, has won 14 caps for England and was part of the squad at Euro 2020. He will help bolster Southgate’s defensive options, also excluding Harry Maguire and Trent-Alexander Arnold.

Abraham left Chelsea to join Roma for £34m on a five-year deal in the summer and has scored four goals in ten appearances for the Serie A club this season.

The 24-year-old scored in England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro in 2019 and the last of his six caps came against Iceland in November 2020.

Southgate recalled AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori, Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins and Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale when he announced his 23-man squad a week ago.

His decision to take on 21-year-old right-back James led Tuchel to say it must be a “misunderstanding”.

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