Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have both been named in the England squad for the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The 25-man squad was confirmed by the Three Lions on Thursday:
— England (@England) October 3, 2019
The call-ups for Abraham and Tomori come off the back of impressive starts to the season for Chelsea, having been integrated into the first-team setup under manager Frank Lampard.
Abraham has played for England previously, picking up two caps in 2017.
On Wednesday, the 22-year-old was on the scoresheet once again, as he helped Chelsea beat Lille 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League:
Tomori’s rise has been more understated, although it’s clear he has benefitted from working with Lampard.
The defender was on loan at Derby County last season from Chelsea, with Lampard in charge for that campaign.
He had to wait until August 31 to get his first Premier League start for the Blues, although since then he’s been able to establish himself in the Chelsea side, turning in a string of promising performances.
Both Abraham and Tomori are also eligible to play for Nigeria, although a competitive England appearance would rule them out of representing the Super Eagles in the future.
While the squad is full of other familiar names, there are some high-profile omissions.
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard have been left out after poor starts to the season with their respective clubs.
The Three Lions will play in Czech Republic on October 11, before travelling to Bulgaria on October 14.