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Abraham and Tomori still on England radar after leaving Chelsea


Abraham joined his former Blues team-mate Tomori in Serie A last month, signing for Jose Mourinho’s Roma in a £34million deal.

The striker, who has six England caps, set up two goals on his debut before opening his account in a 4-0 win at minnows Salernitana.

Centre-half Tomori joined AC Milan permanently in June after a successful loan spell last season and has one England cap.

The pair, both 23, looked to have bright futures for club and country when they broke through at Chelsea but fell off Southgate’s radar last season.

“Just because they leave the Premier League it doesn’t mean they are out of our thoughts,” Southgate said. “Fikayo, we have been monitoring very closely throughout his time at Milan and we will do the same with Tammy.

“It’s early stages for Tammy at Roma and the league is a different sort of challenge having watched a fair bit in the last couple of years. But good for him, he needs to be playing. It’s brave to take that new adventure on and I’m sure it’s one he can succeed at.”

Southgate also revealed he is monitoring the comeback of Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, who was sidelined for eight months after suffering a knee injury in England training in November.

“Joe we kept in contact with throughout his rehab,” Southgate said. “We would be very cautious about when we put Joe back in. The rehab from that injury is a really important one to get right, he needs to be settled in with Liverpool with plenty of minutes on the pitch, feeling in a good place with all of that before we start thinking of selecting him with us.

“But he’s a boy we think a lot of and its good to see him close and available for selection which is great.”

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