England manager Gareth Southgate has challenged Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Joe Gomez to prove their international credentials after calling up the uncapped trio.
Striker Abraham, 20, and midfielder Loftus-Cheek, 21 – both on loan from Chelsea at Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively – and Liverpool defender Gomez, 20, are the new names in Southgate’s group for this month’s friendlies at Wembley against Germany and Brazil.
Like the former Under-21 boss, the players have progressed through England’s age-group sides and Southgate believes they are ready to be tested at senior level.
“We think they’re all talented players who we have monitored right the way through our system. We know a lot about them and feel now is a really good chance to have a look at them,” he said.
Southgate said he resisted the temptation to experiment while World Cup qualification was still uncertain but, with a place at next summer’s tournament now assured, he has shuffled his pack.
“These are two brilliant games to have because if they can go in and perform at this level, we will know a lot more about them,” he added, pointing to Tottenham’s Harry Winks, a recent debutant.
“As we saw with Winks in the game with Lithuania [last month], it is a reminder to me that until we give them that opportunity, we don’t know what they might do.
“If I am asking club managers to be brave and pick young players, then I think I have got to do the same.”
Manchester United’s Ashley Young, Danny Rose of Spurs and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy have been recalled but there is no place for Liverpool pair Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, United’s Chris Smalling or Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
“There is no question in our mind about Jack Wilshere’s ability and football brain and personality, we just need to see him playing regular league football before we think it is right to put him back in,” Southgate said.
“I don’t know how you can get in an England squad without getting in an Arsenal team.”
Abraham, who has also been courted by Nigeria, has scored five goals in 13 appearances at Swansea this season. He hit 26 in 48 for second-tier Bristol City last term, having caught the eye in Chelsea’s all-conquering youth teams.
Having also enjoyed great success in the Blues’ youth set-up, Loftus-Cheek starred as England U21s won the Toulon Tournament last year and has shows flashes of his quality in seven appearances for Palace this season.
Gomez joined Liverpool in 2015 and, following a lengthy injury absence, has established himself at right-back in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne.
England host world champions Germany on Friday 10 November and Brazil four days later in their final internationals of the year.