Having qualified for the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Lithuania, the Three Lions will use the next international break as a platform to build upon ahead of next year’s major tournament.
Gareth Southgate’s squad will face off against both Brazil and Germany in friendlies intended to prepare the squad for the tough tests they will come up against in Russia. However, manager Southgate may use it as a chance to test some of his younger players.
The squad has been announced, and Swansea loanee Tammy Abraham has been called up for the first time, alongside Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and Crystal Palace loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The rangey striker has earned his call up through a number of impressive performances, and here are four reasons that spell out why he deserved to be in contention for the first team…
1. He’s Become an Ever-Present for Swansea
A number of clubs were vying for Abraham’s signature in the summer, with the Swans lucky enough to bring him on a season-long loan from Chelsea. After staring for Bristol City last term – netting 26 times in the Championship – he earned himself a chance in England’s top flight.
Chelsea didn’t believe he was ready for their first team, but he is shining at Swansea and only seems to be growing in confidence. Abraham has proved a more than suitable replacement for Fernando Llorente, who joined Spurs, using his height and frame to his advantage.
2. Impressive Goalscoring Record
Following the aforementioned 26 goal haul at Bristol City, Abraham is showing no signs of slowing down despite stepping up a division. In nine Premier League starts this season, the 20-year-old has scored four and registered one assist.
He is in a position where he can learn from experienced players such as Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer, as well as being part of squad with exciting youth players, with Renato Sanches joining from Bayern Munich on loan.
It’s fair to say he looks comfortable in the Premier League and should his goalscoring form continue, Chelsea have got a wonderful talent on their hands.
3. Sensible Alternative for Harry Kane
One area that England are lacking quite heavily is up front. Alongside Harry Kane, England have Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford – although the latter has been playing wide for the most part of the season.
Whereas Vardy is more direct, Abraham can offer a clinical edge to the squad, with him having the ability to score at any time during the game. The 20-year-old is talented, physical and full of confidence, something England should nurture ahead of the World Cup.
4. Valuable International Experience
Exposing any younger player to international football is crucially important to their development. Abraham has come up through the ranks, featuring for the U18s, U19s and U21s, where he starred as the Young Lions lost in a semi-final shoot-out to Germany at the European Championships.
Being around some of the more experienced players in a senior international setup will be important for Abraham in the long-term, as it something he will be very familiar with in the coming years. Giving him minutes on the pitch will also give him a taste of what’s to come.