Being Eligible To Play For Nigeria Is A Good And Bad Thing, Tomori Admits

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Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was called up for England’s Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

The young defender has won his way into the Chelsea team and has impressed for the Blues, marshalling the defence with so much calmness and experience for a 21-year-old.

It has been a fast rise for Tomori who only just played in the Championship last season with Derby County and was down the pecking order among the Chelsea defenders at the start of the season.

Having been called up to represent England, he has now revealed that it wasn’t an easy choice for him as he was eligible to play for three countries, and Nigeria was also keen on him before he got the Three Lions call-up.

Besides England, Tomori is qualified to represent Nigeria and Canada, the latter of whom he played for at Under-20 level. He has won England caps at junior levels too.

The 21-year-old has revealed that being chased by three different countries has its good and bad side.

“The call-up solidifies that,” he said. “Being eligible to play for three countries was a good thing and a bad thing. I have just taken everything as it has come and once I got that call-up to England, there wasn’t 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.

“Of course I’m an England fan. I grew up here and went to school here. To be part of this is a dream.”

Tomori has thanked Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for trusting him with the opportunity.

He said: “It does take faith, and to keep playing me when the results weren’t good or I was not playing as well as I could, and helping me learn, is all I could ask.

“Then coming to Chelsea this season, just because he was the manager it wasn’t granted that I was going to come in. I still need to work hard and I’m still working hard to maintain high standards and stay in the team.”

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