Fikayo Tomori shares what Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told him

Fikayo Tomori of England looks on during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between Croatia and England at San Marino Stadium on June 24, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

Fikayo Tomori's impressive form at Chelsea has seen him receive a call-up to England's latest squad.

Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Fikayo Tomori has revealed to the Telegraph that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was the man who broke the news to him that he was in the England squad.

Chelsea defender Tomori has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad for the first time following his brilliant start to the season.

The youngster has stepped into Chelsea’s team and arguably looked their most solid defender, with his form already receiving international recognition.

 

Lampard actually told Tomori that he had made England’s squad before it was announced publicly.

And Tomori admits that he had to keep the call-up a secret from his teammates at first, with only his family knowing about his big break.

“The manager told me in the changing room after the Lille game, so I knew the day before and I had to keep it a secret,” said Tomori.

“I obviously told my family and then it got announced on Thursday. It was a good week. Last season, I wasn’t expecting to be in the England squad but I never really put a limit on saying I couldn’t do it.

Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Reading and Chelsea at Madejski Stadium on July 28, 2019 in Reading, England.

“ It was just more a case of giving my best for my club, wherever I was going to be playing week in, week out, to try to get in the squad. It is obviously good I am at Chelsea and now to be in the England squad, it’s a mad turn around for myself.”

Whether Tomori will receive game time for England over the international break remains to be seen, but the call-up represents huge progress for the Chelsea centre-back.

Tomori was loaned out to Derby County by Chelsea last season, but is now an important part of their first-team squad.

Lampard has already claimed that Tomori is one of his first choices in central defence now, with his form impressing all observers.

Chelsea return to action after the international break with a match against Newcastle United.

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