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Gareth Southgate defends calling up Tammy Abraham and Tomori

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England Head coach, Gareth Southgate has dismissed suggestions he called up footballers Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to the England squad to face Czech Republic next week so they won’t be able to play again for Nigeria. They earned their spots in the team – England coach, Gareth Southgate defends calling up Tammy Abraham and Tomori

Chelsea players Abraham and Tomori have been in sensational form this season and hail from Nigeria but are eligible to play for England as they were born there, and according to FIFA rules, Abraham and Tomori can still play for Nigeria even though they have played for the England youth teams- but if they play for England’s senior team they can’t represent Nigeria again.

The Nigeria Football Federation have attempted to convince both players to pledge their allegiance to the three-time African champions without success and Southgate has revealed that it is morally wrong to cap-tie both players just to prevent them from representing Nigeria.

Speaking to reporters after his squad announcement on Thursday, Southgate said on Abraham : ”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.

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