Chelsea youngsters named in England squad

Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have been included in the England squad for games against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

Defender Tomori has been called up to the senior squad for the first time, while striker Abraham is back in after a fine start to the season for Chelsea.

Their Blues team-mates Mason Mount and Ross Barkley have again been included in the squad by boss Gareth Southgate.

Tomori, who previously played for Canada at Under-20 level, has impressed since being promoted to the first team by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, having played under him on loan at Derby County last season.

Southgate said: “His profile as a defender fits with the way that international football is. His athleticism is important, he is capable with the ball. It’s a good opportunity for us to take a closer look at him.

“He is in good form so he’ll be feeling confident about himself. He’s played very well for Chelsea against some very good opponents.”

There has been speculation over the international future of Abraham, who is also still eligible to play for Nigeria as he has featured twice for England but in friendlies and not a competitive game.

“It was a bit early for him before,” Southgate said.

“He is now the leading English goalscorer in the league. He is a player that we put into the squad very young at a time when we wanted to have a look at some younger players and change the complexion of what we were doing.”