England (7/1 2022 World Cup Outright) centre-back Fikayo Tomori believes he can force his way into Gareth Southgate’s future plans after his summer switch from Chelsea to AC Milan.
The 23-year-old only has one England cap to his name, with the former Chelsea man collecting his first in November 2019. A lack of game time at Chelsea saw him drop down the pecking order for England, but after a successful loan spell in Milan, he made the permanent switch in the summer.
Tomori has made 31 appearances for AC Milan since January, and he is now a firm part of Stefano Pioli’s plans at the San Siro.
Southgate and his coaching team have taken notice, with Tomori now in training ahead of England’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary (England 1/7, Draw 7/1, Hungary 18/1 – Match Betting).
With the World Cup just over a year away, Tomori believes he is in a good place as he prepares to stake his claim for a starting spot.
He told BBC Sport: “I’m really happy that it has gone well so far.
“We have started the new season well [unbeaten in Serie A], the club has shown a lot of faith in me. I feel really settled, and it has led me to be here. In the tail-end of my time at Chelsea I wasn’t in the England squad. To go to Milan and be back in it, something must have gone right.”
“There’s definitely a chance to impress,” he added. “I’m going to show myself on the training pitch, and if I get a chance on the pitch, I’ll do that. I’ll just do what the manager asks me to do.”