Gareth Southgate explains decision to leave Tammy Abraham out of England’s World Cup squad

England head coach Gareth Southgate has, on Thursday, provided an explanation for his decision not to call up AS Roma star Tammy Abraham to his travelling squad for the World Cup.

The subject of world football’s biggest international showpiece has of course taken its place front and centre in the English headlines across the day to date.

This comes after the aforementioned Southgate publicly announced the squad of players set to be at his disposal in Qatar later this month.

The likes of Harry Kane, Mason Mount, Declan Rice and John Stones, as expected, were all included.

Backed by the Three Lions’ boss too, meanwhile, were all of James Maddison, Callum Wilson, Marcus Rashford and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Equally as prominent in the headlines, as expected, though, were those England stars not afforded call-ups to travel to the Middle East.

The most prominent came from Serie A, with Southgate, to the bemusement of many, having opted to overlook both Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham.

Speaking to the media on Thursday evening, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of those not chosen, and specifically the name of the aforementioned Abraham, was put to Gareth Southgate.

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The Three Lions headmaster, though, simply pointed towards AS Roma’s star hitman losing form in front of goal at the worse possible moment, in explaining:

“Tammy has had a poor run of scoring form at the wrong time. It is not a case where we are three of four matches away from the first match, we are now ten days. So form could be more important.”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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