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Chelsea youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have both received call-ups to join the England national team ahead of their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Abraham and Tomori both featured for England youth teams and are both of Nigerian ancestry, but were born in England and thus qualify to play for both countries.
While Abraham has featured for England before in a friendly against Germany, for Tomori it represents a maiden call-up to the senior side having been a prominent figure in the Three Lions’ youth sides over the years.
However, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr admitted that he spoke with both players over switching allegiance to Nigeria from England and revealed that they both asked him for time to consider the option before their decision to honour the call up from England.
Tomori and Abraham are now set to make their England debut, and England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed that he selected the duo on current form and not because of Nigeria’s interest.
Southgate said defended their selection as he said: “It’s not ethically right to give someone a cap just so they can’t play for someone else.
“Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are both in on merit and have been part of our junior system right the way through, so we see them as English players and they have a huge desire to play for England at senior level.”