England’s youth squads have had a strong Chelsea presence for a better part of this decade. Now, slowly but surely there are signs that it might even translate onto the senior level with call-ups for not just Ross Barkley, but also the academy-graduate trio of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and for the first ever time, Fikayo Tomori.
Tomori’s inclusion is arguably the headline-clincher but if anything, it’s well-deserved. The boisterous centre-back has made a strong impression since starting against Sheffield United and arguably worked his way into one of the first names on the team-sheet. There were some question marks over his international future, with Nigeria circling over both him and Tammy Abraham but any doubts as to their allegiances can probably be dispelled now.
While Mount has had a steady integration into the set-up under Gareth Southgate since last season, still plying his trade in the Championship, Abraham had his chance two years ago after appearing to cement a starting place at Swansea City, then in the English top flight. Following a stellar season at Aston Villa, he’s hit the ground running at Chelsea and is comfortably the most in-form English striker in the Premier league. Let’s also not forget Ross Barkley, who has performed well for his country in recent times and remains a reliable option for Southgate to call upon.
With Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings (no pun intended), Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning to fitness and Reece James’ inevitable emergence, we may just see further Chelsea representation in 2020. Stay healthy, and good luck, lads! There are exciting times ahead.
Full England squad:
GOALKEEPERS: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
DEFENDERS: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier
MIDFIELDERS: Harry Winks, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks
FORWARDS: Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane, James Maddison, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson