Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has said he dumped Nigeria for England because they called him up first for international duty, Concise News reports.
Fikayo, 21, will no longer be eligible to play for Nigeria should he feature for England in a Euro 2020 qualifier this weekend.
He represented the English and Canadian teams at youth levels and has now said pitching tent with the European side was because they were the first to invite him.
According to the defender, before now, he was not sure of playing for the Three Lions of England at the senior level.
“England is such a big nation, as well as Nigeria and Canada, so I think I was going to be happy with whoever called me up – but it’s nice it is England,” Tomori told Goal.
“It wasn’t England all the way. I had certain people and certain things that I had to consider.
“I spoke to my family and people that I care about it and that’s the decision I came to. So, when England came calling, it was difficult to say no.
“It was just more of a thing I was waiting for a call-up because the last international break I didn’t get a call-up from anyone.
“This international break, I was waiting for a call-up and England called me up.”
Nigeria Not Missing
A former Super Eagles assistant Coach Fatai Amoo is not bothered as Chelsea duo Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham dumped Nigeria for England.
According to Amoo, the country is blessed with enormous talents and as such would not be hit by the development.
“We are now putting the horse before the cart and that is why we are always looking for players born abroad with Nigeria root,” he told Brila FM.
“We put ourselves into this situation because I believe we have qualities that are better than Abraham and Fikayo in the country.”
Amoo noted that with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis who was named in the UEFC Champions League team of the week, Nigeria should not be worried about the Chelsea duo.
“Seeing how Osimhen and Dennis are playing in the UEFA Champions League has shown that Nigeria is blessed with talents and they have not seen anything yet from Osimhen and Dennis,” he added.
“So we should not lose sleep over the decision of Abraham and Fikayo to play for England. We all know those that made this kind of decision in the past and they were latter dump by England.
“So, Nigeria should forget about them and focus on the players we have. No need forcing anyone to play for Nigeria.”
Nigeria will take on Brazil in a friendly clash on October 13th at the Singapore National Stadium.
The country had in September played a 2-2 draw with Ukraine; their first match after winning the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.