Frank Lampard has sent out a warning to some of Chelsea’s young players about complacency following their rise in the first-team.
The Blues have seen a string of academy stars break into the senior squad at Stamford Bridge, which has been long overdue at the club in recent times.
Some of the rising stars have made excellent starts to the season and have been rewarded with spots in the England squad for the upcoming break.
Attacking midfielder Mason Mount retains his place in the squad following his performances and came off the bench twice for England during the last break.
Meanwhile, in-form striker Tammy Abraham has been drafted into the Three Lions squad after scoring eight goals across all competition so far this season.
Defender Fikayo Tomori is the third Chelsea academy graduate called up by Gareth Southgate and it’s his first time in the England senior squad.
Lampard has stressed the importance of avoiding complacency, as they will be in for a tough ride if that takes place.
“They have big smiles on their faces today, the three of them (Abraham, Mount and Tomori),” Lampard said, as quoted by Football.London.
“They are smiley and happy, but I might have to remind them that come Sunday they might have to perform for us.
“It is great news for them [to be in the England squad], but as I keep saying that it is just the start. The minute any standards drop or complacency kicks in then they will all suffer.”
Fortunately Chelsea do have a young group of players that look extremely hungry to succeed and they also have a manager in Lampard that won’t let them get too far ahead of themselves.
All three of the Blues players called into the England squad are there on merit and are in great form right now, while the more senior Ross Barkley is also included.
Abraham, Mount and Tomori are yet to endure tough spells in the Chelsea first-team, but there characters will really be tested when that happens.