Chelsea Academy alumni even though he is cap-tied to England, where he grew up, Oluwafikayomi Tomori hasn’t forgotten his roots.
The center half was born in Calgary, Alberta to Nigerian parents, lived in England for over 12 years making him eligible to represent the three-time African champions, three lions of England and Canada before making his competitive debut for the Three Lions against Kosovo in November 2019.
Two months prior to his senior England debut, Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnik watched from the stands as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Sheffield United in a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
When asked what his name meant, he said, Tomori told DAZN via Milanpress.it : “My name is Nigerian and it means God has filled me with joy, it is typical in Nigeria to give such names.
“I feel very Nigerian, when I was little my parents spoke to me in the local language and I ate typical Nigerian food”.
Tomori made his debut for Canada’s youth teams against England’s U20s in 2016 and he faced off against his good friend Ola Aina, who afterward switched allegiances to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Tomori is still eligible to play for Nigeria despite beign cap tied to the English national team and with him not getting call ups from Gareth Southgate despite good showings for AC Milan he might consider opting for Naija.