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In focus: England newcomer and Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori

In focus: England newcomer and Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori
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The 21-year-old Chelsea defender has won his first call-up to Gareth Southgate's senior squad.

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

Tomori
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

Tomori could have represented Canada (Donall Farmer/PA)
Tomori could have represented Canada (Donall Farmer/PA)

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

Lincoln City v Brighton and Hove Albion – Emirates FA Cup – Fourth Round – Sincil Bank
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

Fikayo Tomori
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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