England invited me first, Tomori explains Super Eagles’ snub

England invited me first, Tomori explains Super Eagles’ snub

Fikayo Tomori has been a revelation in the heart of Chelsea’s defence this season.

Tomori was consequently invited to the English national team due to his imperious form.

However, the Chelsea defender has now revealed 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. However, he is now set to feature for England after he was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad. England is getting set for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

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Tomori said he would have represented either Nigeria or Canada, had they extended an invitation to him before England did.

In an interview with goal.com, Tomori revealed it was not 100% 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,” he 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.”

Mayowa Oladeji

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