Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori says he is “committed” to England after considering which country to represent.
Tomori, 21, was born in Canada and played for their under-20s team, and is also eligible to play for Nigeria.
He said that receiving his first England call-up for the Euro 2020 qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria was “unexpected”.
“Depending on how you look at it, being eligible for three countries is a good thing and a bad thing,” he said.
“I wasn’t expecting to be in the England squad at the beginning of the season, and once I got the call-up there was no doubt I would commit.
“It’s a bit cliched but it is a dream. Growing up in England and seeing the players playing at Wembley, it was such a good feeling. It’s indescribable. I tried to take it in as much as possible, but it was a very proud moment.”
Tomori’s situation is similar to Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham, who also qualifies to play for Nigeria through his family and was called into the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Prior to being selected by Gareth Southgate, the 21-year-old striker said he was “undecided” about his international future.
The Premier League’s joint top scorer has already played for England in friendly matches against Germany and Brazil in 2017, but is yet to feature in a competitive international.
Southgate has said it would not be “ethically right” to award caps to players so they cannot play for another country. The England boss said the Chelsea pair were in the squad “on merit”.
Source: BBC Sport