‘You’re looking for forwards with that point of difference’: Rio Ferdinand suggests that Tammy Abraham would have been a useful addition to Gareth Southgate’s England squad… as he claims the Three Lions boss picked attackers with ‘similar attributes’
Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Tammy Abraham would have been a useful addition in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.
Southgate named his final list of 26 names on Thursday, ahead of the Three Lions kicking off their tournament against Iran on November 21.
Abraham was left out by the England boss, with Callum Wilson and Marcus Rashford among those recalled and preferred in attack.
Tammy Abraham was left out of England’s final 26-man squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar
The Roma striker has won 11 caps for England and scored three goals, while he has tended to be Harry Kane’s back-up in attack over the last year.
However, he has struggled for form so far this season, scoring just three times in 14 games in Serie A and was excluded from England’s travelling party to Qatar.
And Ferdinand, when discussing England’s final squad, believed that Abraham’s omission was a potential point of contention.
‘Tammy was the main one for me,’ he told BT Sport’s Early Kick Off.
‘I spoke to Crouchy earlier about this and as a player in the team you’re looking at forwards to have that difference point or style that can change a game.
England boss Gareth Southgate dropped Abraham and preferred to pick Callum Wilson
‘We’re going to bring on players that have quite similar attributes as a No 9.
‘But to have someone like we used to have with Crouchy – you could put Crouchy on and there’s a different type of player coming on and it changes the game and it’s that plan B.
‘Tammy would give you that – you could throw a ball in from anywhere and he would make something of it and that is an area of squad where I would have maybe liked a bit of difference.
‘But to be fair there isn’t much more of where you would shuffle the pack with that squad.’
Abraham has scored three goals in 11 England caps and has often been back-up to Harry Kane
Southgate had explained the decision of leaving out Abraham when he revealed his squad on Thursday.
He had said: ‘Tammy has had a poor run of scoring form at the wrong time and it’s not a case where we are three to four weeks away from the the first match.
‘We’re 10 days away and form could be more important. We don’t really know where the players are until we see them face-to-face.’
Abraham, 25, a former Chelsea youngster, moved to Roma for £34m in 2021 and has since gone on to score 31 goals in 72 games for the Serie A giants.