Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have won call-ups for England ahead of this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.
With Frank Lampard at the helm, Abraham and Tomori have both broken into the Chelsea first-team this season and will now take the next step in their young careers by representing England.
The young duo, who both came through Chelsea’s youth academy, have proven Lampard was spot on in giving them a chance by impressing in an otherwise underwhelming campaign.
Abraham, in particular, has received plenty of plaudits for his scoring prowess after bagging eight goals in just 10 appearances.
Naturally, this has captured the interest of England coach Gareth Southgate as he seeks to bolster his attacking options.
Although Abraham, who turned 22 on Wednesday, confessed on the same day that he’s not yet decided on his international future. Currently, he has the option to represent either England or Nigeria.
“I love both nations,” Abraham said.
“To be wanted by both nations, clearly I’m doing something right on the pitch for Chelsea. I just have to keep going. My time will come.
“I’m not sure, I haven’t made a decision yet. I’m just focusing on the club now.”
Should Abraham represent England in either of their fixtures against the Czech Republic or Bulgaria, he will likely no longer be able to pick Nigeria as he would’ve represented the Three Lions in a competitive fixture.
Meanwhile, Southgate omitted Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard from the squad amid their poor starts to the season for Tottenham and Manchester United respectively.
Lingard’s United team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also out amid injury problems. While Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker is once again left on the sidelines.
25-man England squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Michael Keane (Everton), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Fabian Delph (Everton), Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), James Maddison (Leicester), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)