Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell have been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
Roma striker Abraham has scored four goals in ten appearances since joining the Serie A club from Chelsea in the summer.
24-year-old Chelsea left-back Chilwell are additions to the 23-man roster named by Southgate on Thursday, which includes forwards Harry Kane and Ollie Watkins, plus forwards Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish.
Abraham was last selected by Southgate in November 2020, having had six caps and one goal to his name since making his senior debut in 2017.
He will join Southgate and the rest of the squad at St George’s Park on Tuesday.
Abraham joined Roma in August for £34million for a five-year deal after finishing as Chelsea’s joint top scorer last season despite falling out of favor under Thomas Tuchel.
The move saw the striker team up with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was a big factor in Abraham’s decision to trade London for Rome.
“Jose the manager is very successful, he is very ambitious, very passionate and that is what I love,” said Abraham.
“I’m the same, but he’s a manager and I’m a player. It’s nice to have someone of such high caliber to be the manager of such a great team.”
Chilwell replaces Chelsea team-mate Reece James, who has been ruled out after being forced out in his side’s recent home defeat to Manchester City due to an ankle injury
James has already missed the Champions League defeat to Juventus in Turin, as well as Saturday’s home win against Southampton.
Abraham’s Return to Form in Rome
Ron Walker of Sky Sports:
“Italy” Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper read ‘statistics of Englishman are great’ after Abraham’s contribution to Roma’s 2-0 win over Empoli on Sunday tipped the balance in Southgate’s favour, leading to a recall from England.
“The ex-Chelsea man didn’t score in that game, but he did provide an assist as his attempt bounced off the woodwork for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score at home. That was the sixth time Abraham had been denied by the goal frame since joining. the club in the summer, in addition to the four goals he has scored.
“Southgate will be happy with his goal – and near miss – as well as his contribution further down the field. In addition to his finish, Abraham is creating more opportunities for others than in his two full seasons at Chelsea, and if his heat card shows he is more involved outside the box.
“There is even evidence that Mourinho’s confidence was boosted by a manager who is very happy with his new arrival. “There are some strikers who can be the best on the pitch even without scoring, that’s exactly how it went. to Empoli for Tammy,” he said ahead of the 24-year-old’s England recall.
“In the longer term, it will be an obvious battle for Abraham to move Harry Kane onto the international stage. At least for now his Italian job is paying off.”
Southgate hopes Grealish will break duck
Southgate want Manchester City playmaker Jack Grealish to break his international duck and join England’s other forwards to bring goals to the side.
The 26-year-old became a fan favorite during the Three Lions’ run to the Euro 2020 final, with City paying a British record £100 million to Aston Villa for his services shortly after the tournament.
Qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary await and Southgate hopes the 15-cap international will finally score his first goal for his country this month.
“I think he recognized with us that we were asking certain things of him, in terms of when he first joined us, the press,” Southgate said of Grealish, who made his senior debut in September 2020.
“I think the big challenge for us is that he is playing 15 games without a goal, so the big challenge is to start recording those numbers that our other big players have been able to produce over a period of time. There is no reason why he can’t do that.
“He is definitely in a better place physically. He can now play the midweek games.
“When we had him at the end of the season, he could only train for two days in the three, so a very different situation than the European Championship, that’s for sure.”