Tomori has ‘no doubts’ committing to England over Nigeria

Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori Credit: Irish Examiner

Chelsea’s defender Fikayo Tomori said he has no doubt committing his international career to England over Nigeria and Canada.

The Calgary born, who is eligible to play for three countries choose England after the Three Lion manager, Gareth Southgate invited him for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech and Bulgaria.

Tomori has played for both England and Canada youth teams and he’s eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria courtesy of his parents who are both from the West Africa country.

Speaking with Sky Sports, he said it’s a good thing and a bad thing to be eligible to play for three countries but committing to England was never in doubt.

“I think the call-up kind of solidifies that. Being eligible to play for three countries was, it depends on how you look at it, a good thing and a bad thing.

“I wasn’t really expecting at the beginning of the season to make the England squad. I was just kind of taking everything as it came.

“Once I got the call-up to England there wasn’t a really a doubt in my mind that I was going to commit.

“Being here now, I just want to try and get my first cap and then try and get more after that as well.”

“It is a bit clichéd but it is a dream,” added Tomori. “Growing up in England and seeing the teams and the players at Wembley, it was such a good feeling.

“It is kind of indescribable and it kind of went in slow motion. I just tried to take it in as much as possible, it was a very proud moment.”

Tomori disclosed that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard broke the news to him about his England call-up.

“It was after the Lille game actually. The manager came up to me and said ‘you’re going to be in the England squad tomorrow’.

“I was sitting down at the time and I just sat there and Tammy and Mason were just kind of smiling at me, and then Ross spoke to me afterwards.

“It was a crazy feeling because I wasn’t really expecting it but [I’m] obviously very happy.”

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