England have called up Ben Chilwell to replace the injured Reece James, while Tammy Abraham features as a late inclusion for October’s internationals.
Gareth Southgate named a 23-man squad on Thursday for World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary but has announced two changes to his group.
James, who suffered an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City last month, is ruled out through injury and club colleague Chilwell takes his place.
The left-back was encouraged to prove his worth to both Southgate and Thomas Tuchel at club level after initially being left out, and he duly did so as he scored in a 3-1 defeat of Southampton on Saturday.
In that contest, Chilwell attempted four shots and made a game-high three key passes, subsequently earning a call-up at the expense of his team-mate, who was somewhat of a surprise inclusion in the first place.
— England (@England) October 4, 2021
Former Chelsea striker Abraham has also been included as a late call-up, with Southgate opting to extend his squad to 24 players due to the Roma forward’s current form.
Abraham – who had not been selected since November 2020 – has six caps to his name and will have been disappointed with his initial omission, given the injuries to Patrick Bamford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Marcus Rashford.
Abraham has scored twice and assisted as many in seven Serie A appearances for Jose Mourinho’s men and he will now act as a likely deputy to Harry Kane, who has scored nine times in 13 internationals in 2021 for England.
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