Tammy Abraham: Roma striker starts for England against Andorra in World Cup qualifiers | football news
Tammy Abraham is expected to start for England in the World Cup qualifier against Andorra on Saturday.
Sky Sports News It was learned that the 24-year-old, who joined Roma from Chelsea in a £34m deal in the summer, would lead the England streak at the Estadi Nacional.
Abraham, who has not featured for England since appearing as a substitute against Iceland 11 months ago, lost his fortunes at Chelsea after the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as head coach in February.
The Chelsea youth producer scored a hat-trick in what proved to be Frank Lampard’s final in January, playing seven more times for the club, and was left out of the Champions League final squad.
Atlético Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier will play captain Gareth Southgate against Andorra la Villa, a decision that indicates neither Harry Kane nor Jordan Henderson will be in the starting line-up.
Ben Chilwell could also return to the left-back position after replacing his Chelsea teammate Rhys James, who had to miss international duty due to an ankle injury he suffered against Manchester City.
UEFA confirmed on Friday that the match would go ahead as planned, despite a fire in the stadium that burned the TV bridge and part of the stadium.
Sky Sports News Reporter Rob Dorsett was broadcasting live when the fire broke out, and a thick plume of black smoke drifted toward nearby apartments as stadium staff and firefighters worked to put out the blaze.
Tammy Abraham loves life under Jose Mourinho after answering the Roma boss’s call to turn down interest in the Premier League for a fresh start in the Italian sunshine.
He said: “Why Italy? Good question. I have different options. There are a lot of clubs that I spoke to at the time. Italy came and spoke to Jose. He had a goal.
“I could see where he wanted Roma to go and see where he wanted to take them and I wanted to be part of the process. He really put his trust in me so it had a huge impact on why I chose Roma.
“The first thing he said to me was when I picked up the phone, it was like ‘Do you want to enjoy some sun or stay in the rain? “I laughed.
“I guess at first I didn’t think much about it when we were talking. I think my mindset was that I wanted to be in the Premier League and I wanted to stay here.”
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