'Should be playing': Ian Wright says player Chelsea sold must start more regularly for his country

Ian Wright backed the notion that the former Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori should now begin to feature more often for England.

Speaking on Wrighty’s House podcast, the ex-Arsenal striker urged Gareth Southgate to select Tomori for future camps.

The 23-year-old has forced his way back into the Three Lions reckoning because of how well he’s coped with life at AC Milan.

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After falling out of contention with Chelsea, the centre-back decided to make the bold leap by moving across the continent.


Initially signed on a loan in January, the Cobham academy graduate impressed Milan’s hierarchy so much, they decided to make his transfer permanent.

Tomori has continued to take the San Siro by storm, with Southgate also gripped by the player’s performances.

Tomori tip-toeing around the Three Lions

England’s manager recalled the defender for the previous international squad, but decided against including him for the upcoming set of World Cup qualifiers.

This came as a surprise to Wright, who felt the man from Milan warranted a place in the national team over some of his compatriots.

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He said: “Look at the (England) centre-halves at the moment.

“When he made his debut for Chelsea, I was thinking ‘Wow, they’ve found one’. Then all of a sudden he’s out of the picture.

“Then he’s gone to Italy. Here’s done unbelievably.

“Now you look at the centre-halves: John Stones, Harry Maguire isn’t playing well. Tyrone Mings isn’t really playing for Villa.

“He should be playing now. Gareth should be looking at someone like Tomori and saying ‘I’m putting you in’. Whoever it’s against, he’s got to.”

Fikayo forced to wait

Unless an injury rules out another player, Tomori will have to watch England’s next two games from the comfort of his sofa.

Which is a shame, considering his contributions to Milan and the unconvincing displays of those who play in the same position.

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As Wright rightly mentioned, Maguire is really struggling in a Manchester United shirt.

Stones can hardly get a game for Manchester City. Mings has been out of Aston Villa’s side recently.

Conor Coady is arguably the only centre-half who isn’t currently facing a dip in form, but it’s questionable whether he has the quality to be an England regular.

It’s not too late for a Tomori turnaround, Gareth.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.