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Tomori loves life at Milan that earned him England recall

Wed 06 October 2021 | 16:08

The defender is part of the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers and playing for the Rossoneri and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been helpful in getting him back on track.

Fikayo Tomori

has not been part of the England squad for two years, and he featured for his country at Euro 2020 qualifier in 2019.

He failed to be a regular at Chelsea and has decided to join

AC Milan

on loan, with his deal being permanent this summer, helping them sit second on the table now.

The 23-year-old’s performance in Italy has helped him earn a recall to his national team and he may feature for England in their qualifier clash against Andorra and Hungary.

When quizzed about not playing for the Blues being disappointing, Tomori said:

"Since I have been at Milan, I haven't really thought about it.

"It was a difficult time - every footballer wants to play, and every footballer wants to show themselves on the pitch.

"When you are not able to do that it is difficult - and being able to overcome and forget about that is part of the reason why it is now going so well.

"I didn't really dwell on it and just moved on and put it as part of football, part of life.

"I had a really good support system with my family and my friends - and now I've overcome that I want to take it further and keep progressing

"It feels good, to have been here and then out of it for a while, and then to be back, I am really happy.

"And now my goal is to stay here, with my performances here and back in Milan.

"Every footballer wants to play and I got the opportunity to do that at Milan - and when it came, such a big club, I was so excited and I am really happy that it has gone well so far.

"We have started the new season well and the club have shown a lot of faith in me, a lot of confidence.

"So I am really comfortable there, really settled and it's led me to be here, so it's all going really well."

Tomori also hailed 40-year-old Ibrahimovic’s impact on the team in Italy.

"

There is this view of him in the media, but ever since I got there he was speaking to me, helping me with the language,"

said Tomori.

"Telling me where he wants me to play the ball.

"He has been a really big help and has such a big aura in the dressing room.

"He is a real leader and, when he plays he gives everyone a lift - he is loved in Milan."

Tomori has not played for England since they began taking a knee before games to show they are against racism and discrimination and he hopes it will make a change.

"

I definitely think it (racism) is a problem in football,"

he said.

"To have to worry about things like this, it isn't really fair, so making these kind of gestures does raise awareness.

"We are not going to stand for it, we are coming to play football and compete.

"There are some people who are not as educated as other people and they do silly things, but I think we are making the right steps to eradicate it.

"You see stadiums being closed and stuff, so it is moving in the right direction."


source: SportMob

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