Gareth Southgate discusses Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham after England call-up
England manager Gareth Southgate has given praise to Chelsea centre-forward Tammy Abraham, who he has included in his latest England squad for the upcoming international break.
The Blues striker has been named in a 29-man Three Lions squad for fixtures against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
Abraham, who hasn’t earned an England cap since he scored against Montenegro in November 2019, will be hoping he can earn some game time for his country during the next fortnight.
The 23-year-old is currently in a tough battle at Stamford Bridge fighting for his Chelsea position, but he’s impressed recently with back-to-back starts and he scored against Rennes in the Champions League group stages on Wednesday night.
He’s shown tremendous character to compete alongside club teammates Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard still showing great faith in him.
Southgate has explained that the Chelsea academy graduate is someone with “high potential” and he wants to take another look at him during the international break:
“We haven’t really had the opportunity to get Tammy the game time that we might have hoped last month. We didn’t think it was right to leave Tammy out at this stage. He’s played well in the last couple of games for his club. We know he’s a player of high potential,” Southgate said, as quoted by England’s official youtube account.
Abraham can take massive confidence from another call-up to the England group and it looks like he may be in line to get some minutes against Ireland.
He’s not going to break into England’s XI ahead of captain Harry Kane, but he’s been rewarded for his consistent performances of late where he’s managed three goals and five assists in his opening 11 appearances this season.