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Fikayo Tomori (left) and Tammy Abraham (right) celebrate a goal together for Chelsea
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Gernot Rohr: Nigeria Can’t Focus On Chelsea’s Tomori And Abraham

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has chosen to respect the decision of Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham not to represent Nigeria at this moment.

Both Chelsea youngsters have been in fine form for the Blues this season in the Premier League, leading to speculations over their international future.

The duo represented England - their country of birth - at age-grade levels, while Abraham has made two senior appearances for the Three Lions in friendly games.

Their non-involvement in a competitive senior game for England means the both of them are still eligible to represent Nigeria, their country of origin.

But it would seem both lads aren’t looking to commit to the West African nation at the present time, with hopes of a call-up to Gareth Southgate's side in the near future.

"They are both interesting players, but we have made our immediate plans without Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori," Rohr told BBC Sports while discussing both players.

"They are not interested in discussing their international options at the moment and we need to respect that."

"It is also significant to note that Abraham has been assured that he will be in the England squad.

"Tomori is a very good friend of our player Ola Aina (former Chelsea and England youth international) and he said he does not want to discuss this for now," Rohr added

"We have to focus on what we have and not lose focus about what people say all the time."

Gernot Rohr’s young side will play Brazil in a high-profile friendly in Singapore on October 13 while England plays the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in World Cup qualifiers on October 11 and 14 respectively.