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Nigerian-Born England Defender, Tomori, May Play For Eagles

Chelsea’s on-loan defender, Fikayo Tomori, says he is open to playing for Nigeria’s national football team, the Super Eagles.

Tomori, who helped Derby County reach the Championship play-off final on Wednesday evening, told the BBC that Nigeria is on his radar but he is not in a rush to make a decision.

“I thought about playing for England, Canada and Nigeria.

“I have played for Canada and I have played for England [at junior level]. At the moment I am playing for England so that’s what I am focused on but you never know what might happen in the future,” the 21-year-old said.

“I don’t feel it’s right for me at the moment to tie myself down to one place.”

Asked if he has been approached by Nigeria, the only one of the three countries he is eligible for but is yet to represent, Tomori said, “not that I know of but we will see”.

Tomori was born in Canada to Nigerian parents but grew up in England, joining Chelsea at the age of eight.

Currently the young defender is getting the experience of playing international football with England’s under-21s.

Tomori has just been voted the player of the year at Derby where he has enjoyed a stellar season playing under former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

Following his outstanding performances for Derby, he is now one of the few Chelsea on-loan players expected to get promotion to the Blues’ first team following a transfer ban imposed on the club for signing foreign under-18 players.

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