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Southgate Names Abraham, Tomori In England Squad For Euro Championship Qualifiers

Southgate Names Abraham, Tomori In England Squad For Euro Championship Qualifiers

Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have both been included in England’s squad for the European Championship Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria by the Three Lions manager, Gareth Southgate with Nigeria now set to miss out on the duo, reports Completesports.com.

Despite having earned two senior England caps in friendlies with Germany and Brazil in November 2017, Abraham is still eligible to play for Nigeria.


The forward’ inclusion in the squad confirms his decision to also represent England at senior international level.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a blistering start on his return to Chelsea, scoring seven goals in seven Premier League appearances, just one less than top scorer Sergio Aguero.

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Abraham scored his first Champions League goal on his 22nd birthday against French club, Lille on Wednesday.

Tomori is enjoying a successful breakthrough season at Chelsea, following a loan spell at Derby Ciunty last season

The 21-year-old has made four Premier League and two Champions League starts for Chelsea and scored his first goal with a spectacular strike in a 5-2 win at Wolves in September.

Tomori, a Canadian-born defender, has previously featured for his country of birth at U-20 level, but has since gone on to earn 15 caps for England U20s, winning the youth World Cup in 2017, and 15 caps for the U21s.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • England think they’re smart! Good luck to them.

  • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

    This two Mumus…lol! That of Tammy didn’t even bother me cuz I knew he would gladly accept an England call up cuz he has always dreamt of it all his life! But for TOMORI… AM just laughing my self out here! Who does he think he is?? He thinks he will beat off Maguire Gomez and others to start in the England shirt?? England called them up obviously so they can cap-tie them and win them over. The so called Dele Alli is now there latest victim! England has forgotten that guy. Yet, this boys have refused to learn. Am happy we have Talents that match them so they are not a loss to us. STEPHEN EZE in Bulgaria is just one of Naija good defenders thought to take over from Balogun and he hasn’t even been noticed yet. Though he’s doing very good in Bulgaria and he’s making the team of the week almost every time. As for Tammy, we know the best place where the Eagles are spoilt for choice is the Attack! So that one is no big deal at all.

    #Soar Super Eagles

    • Southgate is a fool,after next year euro championship he will be sack for achieving nothing,capping players of dual nationalities cannot amount to trophy.

      • Listen, about Southgate I think a eggheads at the FA would surely be pulling his strings on players to invite. I don’t really think Gareth personally reckons with both players much. He’s just pandering to the fanfare presently being generated about the two players.
        He says he’s got malicious intent in inviting them but it’s all just a lie. Otherwise why would he invite Fikayo as well, if not just to rub salt on the injury for we SE fans. It’s not as if they do not have better choices in attack or defence. They just want to cap-tie them and put wagging tongues at ease.

  • Paschal 2 years ago

    I hope we can now rest. I feel nauseated by this sick calls for Tammy and Tomori to join Nigeria. Now that England has named them I hope we can now sing “good riddance to bad rubbish”. Where is Jordan Ibe today? Thought he ridiculed Nigeria before. We wish all of them good luck. Shine on Nigeria.

  • Frederick 2 years ago

    Seriously the way we treat our sports men/ women is really poor and from the look of things it won’t change for now. Good luck to them.

  • Ub tex 2 years ago

    At least for de past 5 or 6 yrs, we hav given 4 nigerian blood to england…. BARKLEY, ALI DELE, TAMMY AB., FIKAYO TOMORI…..

    The end shall tell……

  • Nff should go for saka and others before it too late now that southgate is acting like a mad man

    • Chidiomimi 2 years ago

      It is not clear of Saka is a Nigerian. Ghana is also claiming that he is their citizen.

  • Good luck Tammy and tomori

    • All d bests just hope u don’t regret it later,fingers crossed

  • Woohoo i am the happiest man on earth today,thank you Lord for taking this Abraham this Abraham that from Nigeria’s heart,pls and pls Abrafool go on and represent them,Osimhen is far better than that guy even lampard said it yesterday,as for tomorrow or whatever u are called your new name is sorry,ara gbaa both of u,up super eagles

  • U17 coach should make sure Malcolm ebowei of arsenal make the world cup team since he later showed up in turkey.

  • After losing Wilfred Zaha to Cote D’ivoire last year, Southgate is desperate to lock down all brilliant UK-born players of African origin. What happens to Tammy and Tomori when Southgate is sacked in a year or two? If Lookman & Dele Alli had switched to Nigeria, they would still be regular in the Super Eagles. Now, England don’t even fancy both of them again. What do I even say to Tammy and Tomori? Good luck? Or Pity?

  • My people’s pls just calm down and enjoy your isi ewu and pàmi,this 2 boys are nothing but ndi eriri eri,england has just eating their destiny,whre is agbonlaho today i saw him last time he was older than odegbami,while yobo is still fresh,onuoha nko? He was slapped by ibrahimovic last time because he’s nobody,haha fashonu is now in Lagos steering 50/20naira from children telling them he is scouting players,ask ibe how far he will tell u better,olisadebe is now selling tokumbo in obosi,owomoyela is a house agent in Germany now,this are just few that rejected super eagles and went and finish nowhere in game of football,super eagles are far better than England,they created football but know nothing about and won nothing,up super eagles,

  • Prince 2 years ago

    Dear brothers 
    There is no point wishing these boys bad or calling them names.
    They are out children and they will always be !
    If a child make a decision, a true elder supports him or her !

    Tammy and Fikayo are human beings and at their age, they are matured enough to make good decisions for themselves.
    Pls let’s show wisdom and maturity … And duly accept their decisions to play for the Three Lions (England) instead of The Super Eagles (Nigeria).

    They have parents, relatives, ffiends, advisers, agents etc to listen to… They also have their brain, Heart and mind to follow !

    Both national sides are full of talented players and so whichever country they choose to play for…I will only but wish them the best in their future endeavours!

    I hope both of them gets minutes and capped so that we don’t look at them again !!

    Life is all about making choice … Most of them could be risky but it all boils down to your self belief and determination to succeed !

    The Super Eagles of Nigeria is still a very attractive national side to our talented soccer kids that are born and raised in the diaspora so for those that are willing to come back home and represent their roots, heritage and motherland; they will be most welcome with open arms.

    Things might not be going super excellent for this great nation as at now but soon, this sick GAINT will get well and rise again !!!

    I hail ooo

    • Well, i dont know you, but you have just written a great piece.

    • Bobo Colorado springs 2 years ago

      True talk prince! they have the right to make their choices, is not a big deal.

  • Mister 2 years ago

    we didnt even need them we are really proud of all those we hav. Pleaz Nff dont ever beh  those foreign players who are not interrested to play for us. those so called ibe jordan, lookman, they already refuse us before then we dont need them anymore in our darling Eagles pleaz. Try saka if is also do shakara pleaz let him be. we will never accept later those who reject us in first approach again  God bless Darling Super Eagles

  • Please we should stop all these reactions to Tammy or Tomori playing for England. The English fans read all these reactions and make a laugh out of it. We should not make ourselves a laughing stock. Playing for Nigeria was just going to be a favour to them n not d other way round. Nigeria has got abundant talents begging to be invited.

  • Let’s wish Abraham and Tomori all the best and urge Rohr and the NFF to immediately begin the process of getting Bukayo Saka of Arsenal who was quoted in an interview as saying he is a full fledged Nigerian and went on to reject the term British-Nigerian. This young boy is pure quality, with a football sense that is second to none. In my opinion,he is the missing link the Super Eagles needs. Good thing is that he wants to play for the Super Eagles. Over to you Rohr and NFF.

    • Please who has insulted who here,some people are just talking just to make sure they comments on every thing here,they are free to choose even Brasil I personally don’t care,it is the end that matter,but let me not here they come here to thief small boys 50 naira in the name of football manager,i am happy they choose England,

    • Ugwudede 2 years ago

      Pls which link is missing in our super eagles that this boy will fill. If he want to play for super eagles he signify by writing to the NFF informing them of his willingness not flirting between England and Nigeria at the end he will end up like others. NFF should stop this madness of begging this average players making them feel important. Let us value the ones we have now and treat them with respect. We the fans are also a big problem to the super eagles. We harp on every mistake made by our players calling them names and causing their families as if they perfect. Even where we were watching Chelsea vs Lillie game yesterday some their praising Abraham over Osimehen but in true sence Our own Victor will bench Abraham in both club and country.

      • Have they ditched Dele now?

      • But honestly, from the few seconds of the highlights I saw yesterday, Victor Osimhen is no longer the Osimhen we saw at AFCON. He has seriously improved. Especially in positionIng.

    • Pompei 2 years ago

      Essien, nice one. Bukayo Saka would be a great addition to our already loaded squad. And if what you say is true about him rejecting the term BRITISH-NIGERIAN, that for me is a big hint where his heart lies! Let’s move on this boy asap. Although he is only 18, he plays with maturity that is way beyond his age. Bukayo Saka and Seyi Ojo are the 2 players I feel we need to really focus on now.

      • Bukayo left no hint to play for us, he was just clarifying the media about the rumors of him being a Ghanaian!!! Thus why he reiterates “that I’m Nigerian o, I fact not even a British Naija”

  • Truth is, I was left scratching my brain to recall one name, any player of Nigerian heritage that had a long run in the England national team. Even Dele Alli didn’t make the current team. Tammy has a more than 75% chance to play a few minutes for England and make him cap tied. It’s likely he will be brought on for the last 5 or 10 minutes so that harry Kane can get some rest

    Fikayo on the other hand is 50/50 to play

  • Instead of looking for strategy to win trophy for england since 1966, he want to cap everybody that kicks a ball.man u player snub southgate and played for Scotland but our boys fall in for him

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    I won’t blame these boys for choosing England over a future cow colony, to these boys playing for Nigeria is like hustling backwards so I won’t blame. I think we should all ask Samuel Orkwaraji and the troops fighting against Boko Haram if truly Nigeria is worth dying for.

  • Reading comments here made me laugh.. Why not let them be.. You cannot blame thses players. Not at all! They grew up in England and naturally it is expected they pay in the English team because they should feel more home there.
    Now to analyze going forward, if England wins Against Czech they would quality meaning their next game against Bulgaria would be a formality match where they can try fresh players.

    All these means both players stand a good chance of playing in either of the two games.. Tammy would likely be capped but tomori stands a slim chance of playing. In central defends England has Keane, maguire, Gomez and one mings or so, adding tomori makes the defenders 5 that was called upon..
    This is not a friendly game where more than 3 substitutions could be made and a Gomez and a Ming should be preferred .. But no one knows what exactly could happen..

    In all we might still have tomori not getting to play, which ever way these boys are good players and has the right to decide what they want. Football is a brief sport and it’s their career.. We might still have them.

  • Gideon_s 2 years ago

    Saka is what we need to backup Iwobi in our AMF..

    Let’s just 4get these two Chelsea guys and move on!
    We have a lot to boost on

  • quadry 2 years ago

    Why abuse someone because they choose what it’s best for them….This Says a lot about Nigerian mindset. The world is bigger than Nigeria…. Good luck to the lads (Tammy & Tomori). Nigerian Blood!

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    This shouldn’t be a news because we have abundant talented players everywhere than Tammy and his companies at the moment.

    The only thing I want to say to our coach is to keep giving our new best players more opportunities to play for Nigeria.

    The coach should open an Instagram, Twitter or a platform that we Nigerians can communicate with him and scout new players for him. Agali is not doing quite well in terms of scouting more players for the manager.

    I was the one that recommended Aribo and I was one of the patriotic Nigerians that asked coach Rohr to invited Onuachu. For that reason, CSN should please tell the coach to provide us a place where we can drop our informations.

    This is Nigeria, we have players and we should have a team that can beat any team. The current team is not young to represent our Country. The coach should installed the conference in the team.

    We are ready to help the coach. First, he have to believe in himself and carry us along. We appreciate his efforts. We hate losing and we don’t appreciate failure. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Mr Hush 2 years ago

    I think we should focus on our boys,those we have and willing to wear the green and white colours.
    Life is all about choice. Tammy and Tomori made theirs.let’s focus on ours.
    If we keep talking about losing players to England,then what would the Senegalese or Guineans say,losing most of their foreign born talent to France in a rapid fashion. Senegal is still good.
    What about Dr Congo,losing their foreign legion to the likes of Belgium.they still play ball in Congo.
    Heck! Brazil lose players to Spain,Italy and even Russia.and we all know how good Brazil is even after that.

    Losing foreign born players is nothing special,it just mean you have to sit up and develop your local scene; so you keep springing out abundant talent. If you develop your local front,you don’t have to get to the stage where you hope some foreign born player could switch allegiance before you succeed.let’s do our own homework and not wait for someone to do our assignment for us,then we rush to collect.
    After all, 70percent of the Super eagles aren’t really foreign born.
    Chukwuezes,Kalu,Osimhen,ndidi,etebo etc.
    Due to the high rate of naija in diaspora,we would definitely get a lot of these foreign born players,but we should only focus on those willing to play for us,while not forgetting to develop our local scene..it can only come out good for us..

  • onwajunior 2 years ago

    Like seriously guys…why should they choose Nigeria over England? NFF? The ones that would say you are disrespectful, like they did to Ekong? Greasing palms at every invitation? The only reason is the opportunity to play at the World Cup, which we are not even sure of qualifying going by Nff’s refusal to pay Rohr. If they believe that they are good enough then they should go for the challenge and play for England.

  • Gideon_s 2 years ago

    Speaking about his team mate: Efe Ambrose said he was shock when he was told that Tomori has Nigerian roots because during their time at the club he didn’t for once talked about it.
    Ambrose said most times players of Nigerian descent always like to introduce themselves when they say a fellow Nigerian particularly one that has played for the Super Eagles but that wasn’t the case with Tomori while they were at Derby County.
    ” Tomori was very popular at Derby. He was later voted the player of the season but not for once did he talked about his Nigerian roots. Infact it was a journalist friend of mine that told him he has Nigerian roots. It’s very unusual because most Nigerian players born abroad usually like to associate with fellow Nigerians particularly if you have played for the national team like I did for years”, Ambrose said.

    • It is very obvious from the name that the guy is a Nigetian. Shame on Efe Ambrose too if he did not know he is a Nigerian considering th fact is Fikayo Tomori. We Nigerians sabi exaggerate sha.

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, aka Tammy Abraham, now has another chance to join the so called English golden generation. During the Chelsea vs Lille match, I think Tammy took a good look at Osimhen, and decided that he would rather compete with Kane, Rashford and co. than this energetic, red-hot Osimhen! Hehehehehe! I no blame am.
    As for Tomori, it seems he’s not too keen on international football, because it is obvious that his chances for international success are much brighter with Nigeria or Canada than with England. And between Nigeria and Canada, Nigeria would be the obvious choice, if he is interested in playing in major tournaments and winning trophies. Let’s show interest in SAKA now, before Southgate pounces. If he is not interested, then we can move on.

    • Their parents are to be blamed for this obvious dicision. As for tammy that guy fooled us by saying he was going to wait till april before he decides. Anyway i wish him well. To be honest i dont fancy his game he doesnt have alot pitentials as for tomori he can go and go for good he is not better than ajayi.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        Yeah Ajayi is a very good defender.I hope West Bromwich Albion are able to make it to the premiership.
        He is not only good at defending,he scores like John Terry.I’m surprise a defender at his level is playing in the championship.
        The premiership would put him in a high scale and we won’t remember the likes of Tomori,because we have a premiership super eagles defender playing at a high level.

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      Yes before Southgate pounces indeed!
      Our British born players haven’t got the will to say no.
      Apparently,Southgate is so desperate to cap any good foreign player in the English soil and has been so successful with hunting.The players we are able to get are ones he isn’t interested in the likes of Aribo,Seyi Ojo,Iwobi and Co.
      The prospect of playing for England is so enormous for this players in fact it’s a life long dream,I think they would prefer getting a cap or two and are recognised as former England international than having 50 caps for the super eagles of Nigeria.
      At the moment the focus is not on Saka so let’s move fast because when Southgate beams his searchlights on Saka forget this thing he was saying he’s is no British-Nigerian,no British African turns down the prospect of playing for England.
      NFF the ball is in your court so act fast and stop slacking!

  • Oakfield 2 years ago

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. They’ve got what they’ve been praying for but it’ll be one of the greatest mistakes of their lives. I’m wishing them well but history tells us that it’s always a case of use and dump. Somone mentioned dele Ali and as expected , the law of English national team of diminishing returns is already taking it’s toll on him. Their comments on twitter showed they were anxiously waiting for an English invitation and they were all full of praise and excitement as soon as they got it. It’s clear that they were playing hide and seek with Nigeria whislt waiting for their English lifetime time inviation. They never wanted to clearly declare their stand on time just for fear of being floored by the British and have naija as a second option but thank God Rohr already read the hand writing on the wall and ditched them immediately. What nonsense! We shall see how far u’ll go with the 3lions. Eagles are blessed with an abundant array of gifted players way sabi,so , arios amigos!!!

  • The annoying thing is the lies and suspense they kept us

    Tammy asked for 7 months but accepted England’s call up within just a month.

    Tomori said he’s opened to playing for Nigeria if invited.

    Why all the lies or suspense when they knew deep down there mind what they wanted??