Saka and Rice absent, former Chelsea duo return – three things spotted from England training


After seven Premier League matchdays, another international break is upon us.

The start of the 2021/22 campaign has been scintillating thus far, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United currently making up the top four.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have both been largely inconsistent, losing three league matches each already this term whilst David Moyes’ West Ham United find themselves ninth in the standings.

Now, players from all four of the aforementioned London clubs have been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary over the next fortnight.

Here’s what we spotted from Tuesday’s Three Lions training session and what it tells us ahead of Saturday’s clash against Andorra.

Saka and Rice not involved

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka and West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice were both absent from the training session, undertaking their own recovery sessions instead.

Saka limped off during the Gunners’ 0-0 draw against Brighton on Saturday, although Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed that the injury was nothing serious.

Asked about the 20-year-old’s injury, the Spaniard replied: “He’s fine. He got a knock but he should be fine.”

Meanwhile, Rice has played every single minute in the league this season whilst also starting both of the Hammers’ Europa League games this term, meaning he likely needed some rest following a busy schedule.

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Aston Villa centre-forward Ollie Watkins were also both undertaking their own sessions.

Former Chelsea duo return

Former Chelsea young stars Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham were both involved in their first training session for England since leaving the Blues.

Tomori, who has been capped just once by his country, spent last season on loan with Italian giants AC Milan before completing a permanent transfer to the San Siro during the summer.

Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori both returned to England training. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori look on during a training session at St Georges Park on October 05, 2021 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Abraham struggled for game time last season, with Blues’ boss Thomas Tuchel often preferring Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to the former Aston Villa loanee.

Eventually, the prolific frontman also opted to leave for Serie A, joining Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma side over the summer for a reported £34million.

Ramsdale spotted

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was also involved in Tuesday’s session.

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BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Aaron Ramsdale arrives at St Georges Park on October 05, 2021 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Ramsdale completed a move to the Emirates Stadium back in August, joining for £23million after impressing Mikel Arteta and Edu whilst at Sheffield United last season.

The 23-year-old has since showcased his goalkeeping talent for the Gunners, conceding just one goal across four Premier League fixtures for Arteta’s side, a return that helped him receive his first proper call-up from Gareth Southgate, having previously deputised for the injured Dean Henderson during Euro 2020.

The former Bournemouth shot-stopper will be hoping to make his senior debut for The Three Lions over the next week-and-a-half.

Source by Football London

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