Gareth Southgate explains Tammy Abraham's latest England snub
England manager Gareth Southgate said the lack of game time at Chelsea has cost Tammy Abraham his place in the Three Lions squad.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel previously said Abraham has had a setback in training after picking up an ankle injury during the 2-0 win over Burnley in January.
As a result, Abraham has missed out on six consecutive games in the last month.
Unfortunately for the striker, it also had an impact on his international career.
While three of his Chelsea teammates; Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, and Reece James have all made the latest England squad, Abraham did make the cut.
Instead, England boss Southgate has opted for Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins as his third striker option for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
“There were some close calls and I felt we wanted an extra striker in the squad,” Southgate said after the squad announcement (via Evening Standard).
“We are really pleased with Harry [Kane], really pleased with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and what they have done.
“Tammy Abraham has not really been involved for Chelsea over the last 4-6 weeks and both Ollie and Patrick [Bamford], in particular, their goals record has been good.”
As things stand, Abraham should be worried about his spot at both Chelsea and England.
Since his injury, Kai Havertz has emerged as a new central forward option at Chelsea under Tuchel.
While based on Southgate’s comment, both Watkins and Bamford seem to be ahead of Abraham in the pecking order at the moment.
This puts Abraham as fifth-choice, with Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin being the two main striker options.
If this continues, the Chelsea leading goalscorer will likely miss out on the upcoming Euro 2020.
This is very unfortunate since back in November, Abraham’s good form at Chelsea was the reason he got an England call-up in the first place, as Southgate described him as “a player of high potential”.