Chambers joy as first England start ends in victory

Thursday 09 Oct 2014
Calum Chambers was handed a first senior start against San Marino

Calum Chambers was delighted his full England debut ended in maximum points as the Three Lions beat San Marino at Wembley.

The 19-year-old was handed his first senior start as goals from Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andros Townsend and an own goal gave Roy Hodgson’s men a comfortable victory. 

And now with a tricky visit to Estonia on the horizon on Sunday, Chambers is looking to maintain his place in the starting line-up. 

England 5-0 San Marino

European Qualifier Group E
Thursday 9 October 2014
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“It was a good result, we can take things out of the game that we thought went really well and that we practiced and worked on on the training field,” he told after the game. 

“It’s an honour to play for my country and a great experience for me to get a start. Hopefully there will be more to come. 

“I’m really enjoying it. All the lads have been really welcoming and the staff have been great. 

“The training is going really well, I’m just going to try my hardest in training and in games when I get the opportunities.” 

It was a straightforward night for England, who enjoyed 78 per cent possession as San Marino managed just two efforts on Joe Hart’s goal. 

But Chambers says it’s important for the defence to remain focused and ensure they don’t get caught out on the counter-attack. 

Calum Chambers speaks to FATV

He was also pleased for fellow defender Phil Jagielka, who headed home for the 24th-minute opener. 

“It was a good goal from him. The first half was a bit frustrating, they were tough to break down, but we kept doing the things we work on in training and eventually it paid off and we got the goals. 

“You have to stay switched on, but as a full-back we had licence to push on more, attack and be more aggressive in our offensive play. 

“But you always have to concentrate in case they counter.” 

He added: “Sunday [against Estonia] is going to be a tough one. 

"We’ll go back and take the positives from this game and go over what we need to develop for the next game and go into it confident that we can get a win."

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor At Wembley Stadium connected by EE