In what may be a definite death blow to their chances of playing for Nigeria, the Chelsea duo of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have linked up with the England squad at St. George’s Park ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Abraham is in the squad for a second time, while 21-year-old defender Tomori is set to make his debut after a strong start to the Premier League season under Frank Lampard.
A third Chelsea player, who is also eligible to play for Nigeria, Ross Barkley, has also been invited by Gareth Southgate to join the squad.
The call-up is reward for a fine start to the season for both Abraham and Tomori, with the former at the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts with eight, alongside Sergio Aguero.
Tomori has also impressed with several astute defensive displays and he himself got among the goals, firing in a fine long range effort against Wolves, a game in which Abraham bagged three.
The Nigeria Football Federation have made moves to convince both players to switch allegiance from England, but coach Gareth Southgate invited the pair and could give them game time to end the possibility of playing for the Super Eagles.