England call up Tammy Abraham

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England manager Gareth Southgate has handed Tammy Abraham a first call-up to join up with the Three Lions for their friendly matches against Germany and Brazil this month.

Tammy was recently reported to have been sounded out by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick who is a close friend of his father.

However weeks after talks with Pinnick, the striker told English FA senior officials that he remains committed to playing for England after featuring for them at Under-18, 19 and 21 levels.

The 20-year-old on the back of his impressive form for Swansea City has now earned a first call to the England seniors.

Tammy is however not the only uncapped player at senior level to be called up by Southgate as Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also included in the squad.

Southgate explained why he called up Tammy, Gomez and Loftus-Cheek.

“This is an opportunity to look at new players and a different way of playing and I think the beauty of my position is that I know the young players in the system.

“These lads are players who, right through the age groups, have been recognised as being our best players and they’re all playing well with their clubs and having a good impact.

“This is a great opportunity to see if they can fit into the senior team and they’ve got the chance to stay there if they do well,” Southgate told thefa.com.

Swansea City manager Paul Clement who has worked with Tammy this season acknowledged that the young forward got his call-up on merit.

“It’s very pleasing news to see someone we’ve brought to the club on loan rewarded with his first call-up.

“His all-round game is developing, including back-to-goal and defensive positioning. Every level he’s played at, he’s contributed. Now he’s got the next test,” Clement told the BBC.

Tammy has so far scored four goals in 10 Premier League appearances for the Swans this term.

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