Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were left out of England’s World Cup qualifying squad after switching allegiances and ignoring Nigeria.
Tammy Abraham, a Chelsea forwards, was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, while AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori was born in Calgary, Canada, to Nigerian parents. Both, though, turned down the opportunity to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Both players exchanged allegiances after earning England call-ups in 2019 and went on to participate in Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were both absent when England coach Gareth Southgate announced a 26-man squad for World Cup qualifiers on Thursday afternoon, March 18.
Tammy, on the other hand, is currently out due to a recurrence of an ankle injury sustained in January’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
Tomori’s omission from the squad comes as no surprise, as he has struggled for minutes since joining AC Milan on loan from Chelsea.
See England squad in full.
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham United, loan from Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)