Tomori in no doubt over international allegiance


Fikayo Tomori says he was always going to commit to playing for England after receiving his first international all up.

The Chelsea man has been rewarded for his fine start to the new season in which he has broken into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

He spent last season on loan in the Championship under the tutelage of Frank Lampard at Derby County and helped the Rams reach the play-off final before eventually going down to Aston Villa at Wembley.

Then, when Lampard was handed the Chelsea job following the departure of Maurizio Sarri, the 21-year-old profited by being thrust into the first team – helped by the FIFA imposed ban on Chelsea signing any players.

Tomori has figured eight times in all competition this season for Chelsea, with Lampard utilising both a back four and a three-man defence, and he has been impressive so far with the big highlight being a stunning goal against Wolves.

Following 15 caps with the Under-21 side, the 21-year-old has now received his first senior international call up.

A choice did present itself to the stopper though – with Tomori eligible to play for his country of birth Canada, or the nation of his ancestry Nigeria.

However, the Calgary-born defender says there was no doubt whatsoever once he was informed he would be heading to St George’s Park to train with the rest of the Three Lions squad under Gareth Southgate.

“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,” he told reporters.

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

Tomori will be hoping to make his debut for England when they take on the Czech Republic on Friday, before they face Bulgaria away on Monday, with Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings also hoping for a first outing in defence.