Tammy Abraham is expected to start for England in their World Cup Qualifier against Andorra on Saturday.
Sky Sports News has learned that the 24-year-old, who joined Roma from Chelsea in a £ 34 million deal in the summer, will lead England’s line at the Estadi Nacional.
Abraham, who has not played for England since a substitute appearance against Iceland 11 months ago, fell from grace at Chelsea following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as head coach in February.
Chelsea’s youth product scored a hat-trick in what turned out to be Frank Lampard’s last game in January, playing seven more times for the club, and was left out of the squad for the victorious Champions League final.
Atlético de Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier will captain Gareth Southgate’s team in the Andorra la Vella game, a decision that suggests neither Harry Kane nor Jordan Henderson will be in the starting lineup.
Luke Shaw has not been included in England’s 23-team for match day, which means Ben Chilwell could also return to full-back as a left-back.
Chilwell replaced his Chelsea teammate Reece James, who was forced to miss his international duties due to an ankle injury he suffered against Manchester City.
UEFA confirmed on Friday that the game will continue as planned despite a fire at the stadium that burned the television gantry and part of the field.
Sky Sports News’ reporter Rob Dorsett was broadcasting live when the fire broke out, and a thick column of black smoke billowed into nearby apartments as stadium employees and firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
On Saturday, local staff repaired the damage by installing new sections of artificial grass, painting the fire-damaged wall, replacing the melted excavations with new plastic ones, and securing the porch.
Abraham rejuvenated loving life with Joseph in Rome
Tammy Abraham loves life with José Mourinho after responding to the Roma manager’s call to reject the Premier League’s interest in a fresh start under the Italian sun.
He said: “Why Italy? Good question. I had different options. There were a lot of clubs I was talking to at the time. Italy came and I talked to José. He had a goal.
“I was able to see where I wanted Roma to go and see where I wanted to take them and I wanted to be part of the process. He really put his trust in me, so it had a huge impact on why I chose Roma.”
“The first thing he told me was when I picked up the phone and he said ‘do you want to enjoy the sun or stay in the rain?’ I laughed.
“I think at first I didn’t think much of that when we talked. I think my way of thinking was that I wanted to be in the Premier League and I wanted to stay here.”
How to follow England’s World Cup qualifiers
Follow Andorra vs England on Saturday, October 9 (start at 7:45 p.m.) with our live blog, and watch the best moments of the match for free on the Sky Sports website and app from 11:00 p.m. .
England will then face Hungary on Tuesday, October 12 (kick-off at 7:45 p.m.), with the best moments of the match for free also available from 11:00 p.m.