England has beaten Nigerian to securing the services of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori who was born to Nigerian parents, Footballfancam reports.
England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo is not likely to be one that Tomori will forget anytime soon.
The 21-year-old was brought on as second half substitutes in the 4-0 win, with Tomori replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold to make his senior international debut with six minutes to play.
Chelsea on their website said Tomori’s consideration by Gareth Southgate was an “excellent reward.”
The club said, “It’s a just reward for an excellent season from the academy product, who has come on leaps and bounds in the last 12 months.
“England’s central defensive positions still seem to be up for grabs, so Tomori can really become a regular if he plays his cards right at club level now.
“By the time summer comes round, he might be one of the best rated young defenders in the league, and Southgate would be under serious pressure to play him at Euro 2020.”
The defender who earlier had caps at youth level for both England and Canada can no longer represent the Nigerian national team, thus following in the footsteps of the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ross Barkley and Dele Alli.
Tomori joined Chelsea academy alongside Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount and luckily the trio rose through the ranks to become fabulous revelations under club’s manager and legend Frank Lampard.