England have finally extended invitations to Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori for their upcoming qualifiers amidst interest from Nigeria for the youngsters.
Both players who have been in fine form this season had represented England at the youth level but were still eligible to play for Nigeria where their parents come from.
The performance of both players for Frank Lampard’s team so far this season has resulted in both countries fighting for their allegiance in international football.
It appears now England have won that battle with this call-up. If both players get fielded in any of the Three Lions’ upcoming European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria, it will automatically be the end for Nigeria’s hope of having the in the Super Eagles Team.
The Chelsea pair’s invitation also mean that out of form Tottenham’s Dele Alli has been left out of the England squad.
Alli, who himself was also courted by Nigeria to play for the Eagles before he opted for the English team has made four appearances for Tottenham this season since returning from a hamstring injury but misses out on Gareth Southgate.
Also, midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jesse Lingard missed out on the list.
See full list:
Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Maddison (Leicester), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)