CONFESSION: If Nigeria Had Invited Me, I Would Not Have Excepted England – Fikayo Tomori
Oct. 08, 2019
Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori is one of two young international stars that Nigeria has just lost to England. The other is another Chelsea star, Tammy Abraham.
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The 21-year-old while reacting to his England callup revealed that he would have gladly played for Nigeria if the Super Eagles had invited him before England.
Tomori who has been a massive revelation in the heart of Chelsea’s defence this season noted that it was not a given he was going to represent the Three Lions ahead of Nigeria and Canada
Tomori was also eligible to play for one of Canada or Nigeria, but he is set to feature for England after he was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
On his callup, Tomori said he would have represented either of those countries had they extended an invitation to him before England did.
He explained it was not 100 per cent sure he was going to play for England despite representing them at youth level.
“England is such a big nation, as well as Nigeria and Canada, so I think I was going to be happy with whoever called me up – but it’s nice it is England,” Tomori said.
“It wasn’t England all the way. I had certain people and certain things that I had to consider. I spoke to my family and people that I care about it and that’s the decision I came to. So, when England came calling, it was difficult to say no.
“It was just more of a thing I was waiting for a call-up because the last international break I didn’t get a call-up from anyone. This international break, I was waiting for a call-up and England called me up.”