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5 things about England newcomer Fikayo Tomori

The 21-year-old Chelsea defender has won his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.

Fikayo Tomori has earned his first England call-up (Nick Potts/PA)
Fikayo Tomori has earned his first England call-up (Nick Potts/PA)

By PA sport staff

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has earned his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s full England squad.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the 21-year-old who is already earning a reputation for long-range strikes and spectacular own goals…

International options

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Tomori had plenty of international options (Nick Potts/PA)

Tomori had plenty of international options: he was born in Canada to Nigerian parents, before moving to London and enrolling in the Chelsea academy system at the age of eight. He played for Canada’s Under-20 side in 2016, before committing to England.

Old-school star

During his brief spell in a Canadian national shirt, Tomori won plenty of praise for his dominant approach. The Canadian Under-20 coach Rob Gale said: “He has a desire and aggression about him to win the ball back. It’s a trait we’ve almost lost in our modern defenders.”

Thunderbolt strike sinks Wolves

He made his Premier League debut in the final game of the 2015/16 season in a 1-1 draw with Leicester, and was rewarded the following August with a four-year contract. In his second top-flight game against Wolves this year, he fired a stunning effort from 35 yards.

Loan success

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Tomori scored an own goal for Brighton against Lincoln (Mike Egerton/PA)

Tomori has spent loan spells at Brighton, Hull and Derby. On his Brighton debut, he scored an own goal in their FA Cup defeat to non-league Lincoln. Having played 40 of 43 league games for Derby last season, he was rewarded with two of the club’s player of the year trophies.

Own goal blues

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Tomori came through the ranks with England (Nick Potts/PA)

Tomori was part of England’s victorious Under-20 World Cup campaign in 2017. However, he will be remembered for another – much more spectacular –  own goal in the 1-1 draw with Guinea, when he played a back-pass from almost the halfway line which caught out keeper Dean Henderson.

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