England boss Gareth Southgate applauds Abraham’s start to the season

Andy Mattioli

England manager Gareth Southgate recently called up Tammy Abraham for the first time since November 2020 for the World Cup Qualifiers.

The coach spoke ahead of England’s matches against Andorra and Hungary and touched upon Abraham’s arrival at Roma and the decision to call him up:

“We talked about Tammy when we announced the squads and we made it clear that we were happy about what he was doing at Roma.”

“This is a big step for a young player. Sometimes a player is considered young by the staff, other teams and fans. When you move abroad the dynamic is different. Everyone wants to be bought by a club, it gives a different feeling.”

“Maybe it adds extra pressure to play well. He plays in a team that is fighting for the top, so every game counts. With the defensive marking they apply in Italy, he has to work harder to find space. Playing in Serie A will be a good opportunity for him.”

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