Gareth Southgate has revealed he omitted Roma striker Tammy Abraham from his World Cup squad due to his ‘poor’ scoring form.
The England manager has instead opted to include Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Callum Wilson in his 26-man squad for Qatar, which he announced on Thursday.
Abraham failed to make England’s World Cup squad due to his form[/caption]
Newcastle’s Wilson was preferred to Abraham after scoring six Premier League goals this term[/caption]
Abraham has put himself firmly in contention to book a seat on the plane for Qatar after scoring 27 goals in his debut season in Italy last season.
But he has struggled this campaign, having found the back of the net just four times in 19 games in all competitions.
By contrast, Newcastle ace Wilson has scored six Premier League goals in ten appearances, including a brace against Aston Villa last month outside Southgate at St James’ Park.
Southgate commented on his reasoning for dropping Abraham at his team’s announcement press conference.
He said: “Tammy had a bad run of goals at the wrong time, really.
“And that’s not the case, we are three or four weeks away from a final and the start of the first match. We are now at ten days, so form could be more important.
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“We are watching the form of their club, but we don’t really know where the players are until we see them face to face and until we see them on the training ground.
“We receive regular medical updates from their clubs, but there will be medical issues that we are not yet fully aware of.
“We know the form we see in games, but even so you still don’t get the full picture of the players until you can talk to them, work with them and see how they train with each other. others.”
And Southgate also revealed he hadn’t personally spoken to Wilson about including him before the team was announced.
He broke the news to a jolly James Maddison after rumors swirled that he was missing.
But Southgate insisted the Foxes playmaker had been in his squad for weeks after a stunning start to the season.
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