Fikayo Tomori
Fikayo Tomori

It Was Tough Choosing England, But Nigeria Never Called Me – Fikayo Tomori (Video)

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Chelsea defender, who recently got a call-up to the Three Lions, says it could have been a more difficult decision if Nigeria had made a move for him.

Fikayo Tomori has revealed that he only had the option of the English national team to pick from, as Nigeria never gave him a call-up.

The 20-year-old, who was eligible to play for Nigeria and Canada, joined up with Gareth Southgate's men for last month's Euro 2020 qualifying games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria. He, however, didn't play any part in either game.

It was widely reported that members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had made contact with the Chelsea academy graduate but were turned down. The player insists, though, that it wasn't how things played out.

Tomori maintains that he didn't get an invite from his fatherland in an interview with Omasports after the Blues’ lone goal victory over Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

"I just wanted to go as far as I can and that also involves playing for the national team," Tomoro told Oma Akatugba.

"It was a difficult choice for me. It was something I had to think about for a year or two and I was previously at the U-21 Euros, so I wasn’t thinking too far ahead, but then there was a lot of talk and questions and I had to make a decision.

"England called me up in September, and I didn’t get a call up from anyone when they called me up, it was hard to say no to them.”

The defender, who spent last season on loan at Derby County, also seized the opportunity to talk about his rise to the top competition of European football.

”It’s crazy, Tammy, Mason, Reece James and I always talk about the lift from the Championships to the Champions League. We were all on the same level last season and playing against teams like Ajax, coming to stadiums like this now; it’s a dream.”

Last week, Nigerian music star, Wizkid, had his Starboy Concert at the O2 Arena, London, which had some football stars in attendance, including Tomori's teammate, Tammy Abraham. But the centre back passed the opportunity so he could get some rest.

”I didn’t see Wizkid at the O2 Arena. I had to rest after the Newcastle game. My friends did and they enjoyed themselves.

”I enjoy Nigerian music, I’m Nigerian, it’s my culture and I’m very proud of it. I enjoy the food too -pounded yam and jollof especially.”

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