Fikayo Tomori says he was never 'wound up' by being overlooked by England

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Fikayo Tomori says he was not stressing about receiving an England call-up, but now one has arrived he is keen to make the most of it. Tomori has been in the England squad before, but that was back in October and he has since become a Scudetto-winner with AC Milan. He has been rewarded for that by bringing him back into the England fold, and he looks set to get some game-time after Gareth Southgate said he is keen to look at younger defensive options between now and the World Cup. For Tomori, though, it has always just been a case of continuing to focus on improving his game and then he knew opportunities at international level would come. "If I don't get called up, I'm not thinking 'ah, what's happening?'" Fikayo Tomori said. "I've seen (Jadon) Sancho, Tammy (Abraham), Jude (Bellingham) - players who play abroad still getting called up so I wasn't panicking in that sort of sense or thinking 'what's going to happen if I don't get called up?' or whatever. "I was just focusing on my own performance and helping Milan as much as possible. From there, if I do get called up, once I'm here, making sure I take the steps to stay here. "That's been my mentality all the way through. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself, getting wound up about not being selected. "It was just 'stay calm, keep doing what I'm doing' and then from there hopefully I can get in the squad.

"Being back into the set-up and having the opportunity to be here is nice for me. Hopefully I get the chance to play and give a good account of myself."

Declan Rice celebrates for scoring for England against Hungary
Declan Rice celebrates for scoring for England against Hungary

Tomori has the added pressure of playing in Italy, a country that takes huge pride in high standards of defending. To make things even tougher, he is following in the footsteps at Milan of the likes of Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini. He, though, thinks that will make him better in the long run. "I think the way they are as defenders, I wouldn't say it's personal but it's like 'I need to make sure what I'm doing is on the money and no one's getting past me no matter what'," Tomori said. "They have that pride to be like 'I am the big defender' - not in an arrogant way, but just in football terms of wanting to be the best they can be. "Being there and watching the likes of (Leonardo) Bonucci and (Giorgio) Chiellini, all these kinds of defenders, you see the things they do and they are very streetwise. When I see that I want to try to put that into my game."

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