Abraham among uncapped trio in England squad

LONDON: Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham was one of three uncapped players named in a youthful England squad on Thursday for their forthcoming friendly matches against Germany and Brazil.

Abraham, who is on loan at Swansea, received his first call-up along with his Chelsea club-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, and Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.

"If I'm asking club managers to be brave and pick young players, I think I've got to do the same," England manager Gareth Southgate told journalists at a Wembley press conference.

Abraham, 20, has scored five goals in 13 games for Swansea this season.

Loftus-Cheek, 21, has played seven games for Palace, while 20-year-old Gomez has become Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's first-choice pick at right-back for Premier League games.

Southgate's side begin their preparations for next year's World Cup against world champions Germany at Wembley on Nov 10 before facing off against Brazil at the same venue four days later.

Manchester United auxiliary man Ashley Young has earned a recall, over four years after his last cap, while Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose makes his return following a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Explaining the return of 32-year-old Young, Southgate said: "His performances warrant it.

"We want to play with wing-backs. I think it's a role he can perform left or right very well. He's played very well for Manchester United."

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks kept his place in the squad after impressing on his debut in last month's 1-0 win away to Lithuania in World Cup qualifying.

But there was no room for Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere or the Liverpool pair of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has banged the drum for Wilshere to be recalled, but the 25-year-old has played only 13 minutes of Premier League football this season.

"I don't know how you can get in an England squad without getting in an Arsenal team," Southgate said.

"There is no question in our mind about Jack Wilshere's ability and football brain and personality. We just need to see him playing regular league football before we think it is right to put him back in." — AFP