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Former Chelsea star Tammy Abraham's "absolute howler" during England's warm-up before facing Germany on Tuesday night was so bad it had his teammates in fits of laughter.
Jude Bellingham, Conor Coady and Reece James could not contain themselves after the AS Roma forward attempted a bit of trickery in the Olympiastadion. Abraham was in the midst of some keepy-uppies as the rest of the squad looked to start up a bit of rondo.
That is where the players pass the ball as two others hunt it down, a common possession warm-up that most teams do before a match. But as the players got into the position, Abraham wanted to show off a bit for the crowd with the ball.
However, it did not go entirely to plan as he attempted a 'round the world' – putting your entire leg round the ball as its in the air – only to stamp on it as it hit the ground. Before he knew it, the striker was down on the deck with his legs in the air.
James, his old Chelsea teammate who he came up through the ranks of Cobham with, immediately had to cover his mouth with second-hand embarrassment. Bellingham did not give Abraham such a courtesy, making a beeline for the right-back tittering all the way.
Wolves star Coady was almost in tears as Abraham threw the ball at Bellingham while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Gallagher could also be spotted giggling. One England fan summed it up well, saying: "The English culture in its purest form. Laughing at your mate when he’s had an absolute howler in public. Beautiful scenes."
The Three Lions would go on to draw against Germany in Munich on Tuesday night to recover from their shock loss to Hungary last week. However, it did not all go England's way.
The home side largely controlled the match and deserved their lead when Jonas Hofmann struck soon after half-time. Harry Kane managed to claw back a point from the penalty spot, though, when he was fouled with just minutes left.
However, there was a different taste to the game when Jack Grealish was introduced for Mason Mount with the Manchester City ace getting England up the pitch more. The former Aston Villa star has had to contend with a spot on the bench for much of the season but he showed why he could be a key player for Southgate.
The manager said: "At the start of the game the challenge for the wide players was to attack, defend and to try and score goals – high tactical level and you've got to be spot on – and that's an area Jack can get better at.
"What he did do was carry the ball as the game opened up with a little bit more space and opportunity. The impact both he and Jarrod Bowen had was really important in those attacking areas.
"There is a good challenge there among those players but we've got to keep pushing them."
- England Football Team
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