Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori named in England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers


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.

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. However, he will return to the squad a much more rounded player and has excelled in the top flight for the Blues in 2019-20.

On Wednesday, Abraham 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.

Joining the Blues duo in the squad is another Chelsea academy graduate in Mason Mount. Southgate praised the Stamford Bridge club.

"I've sat here for a few years and asked for an opportunity for young English players," he said, per BBC Sport. 

"We've always had excellent academies, we just needed to see their players in first teams, so it's hugely positive to see so many young players getting a chance."

The Three Lions will play in Czech Republic on October 11, before travelling to Bulgaria on October 14.

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