AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori has named the pivotal achievement which will help him to break into the England squad ahead of this year’s World Cup.
Tomori is enjoying a great campaign with Milan. He has made 31 appearances in all competitions so far and is helping the Rossoneri to fight for the Serie A title.
The centre-back has had to deal with hip and knee problems this season but is now back to full fitness. His solid displays in Italy saw him emerge onto Gareth Southgate’s radar for the latest England squad.
Many tipped Tomori to make the cut, but Southgate instead went with Harry Maguire, Ben White, Marc Guehi and Conor Coady. Tyrone Mings is also part of the setup.
During an interview with The National (via Football Italia), Tomori admitted competition for places in central defence is fierce.
“There are so many good players in my position,” he said. “Obviously I don’t have a right to be in the squad.
“Every single player, their dream is to play in the World Cup. So, with my eye on that at the end of the season, I know that the only way I’m going to get there is playing well for Milan.”
Fikayo Tomori eyes Italian success
Tomori then spoke about the one achievement which could catapult him into the England first team – lifting the Serie A title. Milan sit top of the table after 30 games and have a three-point lead on Napoli.
“Try and win the league even more so I can get in,” the 24-year-old added. “I’ve just got to keep on playing well for Milan, keep on working hard, and hopefully, it will come.”
Tomori left Chelsea in the summer as Milan paid £24million for his services. That followed a successful loan stint at the San Siro.
“I feel the weight of the club, you can feel how important it is in the world, the history and the importance,” Tomori added. “And for me to be here it’s a great opportunity to represent the club.
Star has ‘grown’ since joining Milan
“I feel like since I’ve been here, I’ve grown as a person as well. I’ve developed not only on the pitch, but off the pitch as well. So feeling really good.”
On Milan’s chances of winning a trophy, he continued: “Obviously it’s very important and we know that every single game counts.
“So we’re just trying to take our time, not get too ahead of ourselves, not get too excited. Just stay calm, keep playing our football, keep doing the right things and then, hopefully at the end of the season with this position we’re in, we can have something really big to celebrate.
“Because we found out that no Milan team have won the Coppa Italia and Serie A in the same season, so again that’s something else. Why can’t we be the first team to do that? So little things like that are keeping us going.”