Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 03:20 pm
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has revealed why he pledge his international future to England ahead of Nigeria and Canada.
The 21-year-old Calgary-born center-back has enjoyed an outstanding start to the campaign at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard, having also played under him while on loan at Derby County last season.
Tomori could have instead opted to play for Canada, where he was born, or Nigeria, where his parents hail from, and he acknowledged he had to think hard about choosing England.
Chelsea star told London Football: “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.
“It’s been a good week. Nice to get the England call-up, but winning in Lilleand today, it’s been a good week. The manager (Lampard) told me in the changing room after the Lille game (about his England call-up) so I knew a day before and I had to keep it a secret.
“I told my family and then it got announced on Thursday. Not at all [did I see it coming]. The manager told me and I was like ‘oh’. It was a nice feeling. I’d say so [that it came quicker than I expected].
“Last season, I wasn’t expecting to be there but I never really put a limit on saying I couldn’t do it. It was just more a case of I’ve got to give my best for my club and wherever I was going to be playing week in, week out and try to get in the squad wherever I was. It is obviously good I am here and now, to be in the England squad, it’s a mad turnaround for myself.”
Tomori is one of several academy graduates to have been given opportunity at the first-team level at Chelsea this season following Chelsea’s transfer ban.