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England coach Southgate explains axe for Chelsea striker Abraham

Tammy Abraham has been omitted from the latest England squad due to his lack of playing time at Chelsea, manager Gareth Southgate revealed.

The 23-year-old has barely featured for the Blues since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January.

Speaking after announcing his squad on Thursday, Southgate said: "There were some close calls and I felt we wanted an extra striker in the squad.

"We are really pleased with Harry [Kane], really pleased with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and what they have done.

"Tammy Abraham has not really been involved for Chelsea over the last 4-6 weeks and both Ollie and Patrick, in particular, their goals record has been good.

"We like the personalities of both. Ollie is a player we have had less interaction with in the past, it is going to be good to get to know him. We like his pressing, we like the speeds and the runs in behind.

"He has got some improvement to make in linking the game but for his first season in the Premier League and at a big club he has done exceptionally well.

"That has been a really close call, because all of the things I have said about Ollie, I could have said about Patrick as well.

"He is very unfortunate and, who knows, we could be sitting here in a few days and Patrick is a player we are very much looking at as well."

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