Gareth Southgate defends calling up Tomori, Abraham to play for England Senior team

The coach of England national team, Gareth Southgate has revealed why he called up Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to his team.

He said the duo who play their trade with Chelsea because they merited it.

The pair who have been in sensational for their club. They are eligible to play for Nigeria and England. Abraham had played for England in the youth team while Tomori had represented Canada in the youth rank.

England will face Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October’s Euro 2020 qualification games billed for next week.

According to FIFA rules, they can still play for Nigeria even though they have played for the England and Canada youth teams respectively. However, if they play for England’s senior team they can’t represent Nigeria again.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has attempted to convince the duo to pledge their allegiance to the three-time African champions without success.

Southgate: It is morally wrong

Southgate who said it is morally wrong to cap-tie both players just to prevent them from representing Nigeria said the Three Lions have many players with dual nationality in his team.

”I haven’t discussed it with him, I have left Frank to have the conversation to let him know he’s in the squad which is always nice for a club manager to be able to do.

”We have got literally close to hundreds of players now in our system with dual nationality so I don’t think it is ethically right just to give a player a cap to make sure they can’t play for somebody else. The two boys Fik and Tammy are in the squad this time on merit,” he said.

He added that he won’t guarantee that they are going to get on the pitch but they have been part of our junior system.

“Fik came a little bit later than Tammy but he’s been part of the youth team that won the World Cup. ‘As far as we are concerned, the two boys have been developed through English football. They are English players and I’m sure they have huge desire to play for England at senior level,” he said.

Kanu Nwankwo reacts to Tammy Abraham and Tomori

Commenting on the development, former Nigerian striker, Nwankwo Kanu said he is unmoved over Abraham and Tomori’s decision to play for England.

Kanu said that they are not bigger than Nigeria.

Abraham has been in rich scoring form for Chelsea, having been capped by England in friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

“Our problem is that whenever someone starts doing well, we start chasing them which is not bad because other countries do that,” Papillo told Goal.

“I feel we don’t need to force people to play for the country because Nigeria is bigger than any player,” he added.

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