Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori speaks on playing for Nigeria

Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori Credit: Irish Examiner

Chelsea’s defender Fikayo Tomori has stated that he is eligible to play for three countries as result of his citizenship.

Tomori who was born in Calgary in Canada to Nigerian parents was raised in England and has represented both Canada and England at youth level.

The 21-year old has played for Canada’s Under 20 team and England’s Under 20 and Under 21 teams.

‘I’m a citizen of all three [countries] so we’ll see. I was born in Canada and lived there about seven or eight months old. My family is Nigerian, obviously I live in England. It’s nice to have that. I can’t play Under-21 football anymore so the last international break I didn’t get called up to anyone. Next one maybe we’ll see,’ he said.

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard said he won’t try to influence his decision but expect him to get an England call up if he keeps improving his game.

Lampard said: ‘It’s his choice. I wouldn’t tell him where to play internationally. But he’s played for [England] Under-21s and if he continues with his form and keeps improving then of course I would expect there to be potential for England if Gareth chooses to select him.

‘He shouldn’t worry about it at the minute. He should just worry about how he’s playing every game or how he trains every day and that will be a nice problem for him, hopefully, if he’s eligible for three. He can chose which one he wants.’

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