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Tomori says England call-up means he has dumped Nigeria

Chelsea centre-half, Fikayo Tomori, has said that his surprise England call-up has ended doubt over his international future between the Three Lions of England and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The 21-year-old was born in Canada and has represented their Under-20 team, and is also eligible for Nigeria through family.
But Tomori was raised in the UK and says he is now fully committed to England after being named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
“I think the call-up solidifies that [I’ll play for England],” he said. “Being eligible for three countries was either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. I wasn’t expecting to make the England squad, I was just taking everything as it came. When I got the call-up there wasn’t really a doubt in my mind that I’d commit. Being here now, I just want to try to get my first cap.
“It is a bit cliched but it’s a dream, [having] grown up in England. It’s such a good feeling and it’s kind of indescribable. It’s like slow motion, I’ve just tried to take it in as much as possible.
“The last few days have been good. We’re very focused on the European Championship coming up and a lot of the work is geared on that, trying to get the team ready. Everyone has been very welcoming, talking to me off the pitch as well, trying to make me feel welcome. I’ve enjoyed it so far.”
Tomori’s situation is similar to that of his club teammate Tammy Abraham, who also qualifies for Nigeria and was named in Southgate’s squad this week.
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Tomori revealed he has always been an England supporter and says he watched their run to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup with Abraham.
“I was with Tammy actually, on holiday [in summer 2018],” he said. “We watched the first game, we watched the penalty shootout against Colombia. I’m an England fan, I grew up watching England. Of course to be part of this is a dream. We were in Marbella, then watched the shootout at Tammy’s house, so that was a nice little moment for us.”

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