England’s new boy, Fikayo Tomori recounts how a collision with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa earns him media attention at the early stage of his Club career.
Chelsea defender, 21, was still a schoolboy at the time he made a headline for training-ground collision with the striker and left the latter with a broken nose.
Tomori said: “I was still in school and I didn’t actually know I’d done it.
“It was an accident. We both went up — he headed the back of my head and broke his nose.
“I didn’t know until the next day when it was all over the papers. I was getting a lot of messages as if I had meant to do it.
“I got a bit of stick. It was light-hearted, a lot of banter.
“I got back to school and people were asking me’
“But he was all right about it. He didn’t kick me in training after that!”
Tomori who has played only six Premier League games for Chelsea s in the England d squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Czech Republic respectively.
Tomori, who is also eligible to represent Canada and Nigeria, said he was surprised to be call up squad for the qualifiers.
“I wasn’t really expecting at the beginning of the season to make the England squad. I was just kind of taking everything as it came.
“Once I got the call-up to England there wasn’t really a doubt in my mind that I was going to commit.
“Being here now, I just want to try and get my first cap and then try and get more after that as well.”
“It is a bit clichéd but it is a dream,” added Tomori. “Growing up in England and seeing the teams and the players at Wembley, it was such a good feeling.
“It is kind of indescribable and it kind of went in slow motion. I just tried to take it in as much as possible, it was a very proud moment.”
Tomori confirmed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was the one who break the news to him about his England call-up.
“It was after the Lille game actually. The manager came up to me and said ‘you’re going to be in the England squad tomorrow’.
“I was sitting down at the time and I just sat there and Tammy and Mason were just kind of smiling at me, and then Ross spoke to me afterward. He said.