Nat Chalobah: Nothing can beat playing for your country

Wednesday 22 Oct 2014
Nathaniel Chalobah first represented England at 13
England Under-21s midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is relishing the chance to make his international return on his adopted home ground at Burnley.

The Young Lions play their first match since qualifying for the 2015 European Championship Finals at Turf Moor on Thursday 13 November and the 19-year-old, on loan from Chelsea, is eager to play a part.

England v Portugal

Under-21 International
Turf Moor, Burnley
7.45pm Thursday 13 November 2014
Click here for ticket details

Chalobah missed this month’s qualification play-off with Croatia after fracturing cartilage in his throat while playing for the Clarets’ Under-21 side, but says he is hoping to return to Gareth Southgate’s squad when it's announced early next month.

"I was gutted to miss the Croatia games because I’d played quite a lot leading up to that point but well done to Gareth and the squad, they really deserve it," Chalobah told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"I just got a whack in my throat and fractured the cartilage in my throat," he said. "The doctor said it needed two weeks to heal with no contact, so I couldn’t be involved with the Under-21s.

"But everything’s fine now. I’ve got another scan on it but I’m good to go."

Nathaniel Chalobah in action for Burnle

Nathaniel Chalobah in action for Burnley

Chalobah is relishing the prospect of travelling to Czech Republic with England for next summer’s tournament – and he is eager to make amends for a hugely disappointing 2013 Euro campaign in Israel, when the squad returned home winless.

He said: "I’m looking forward to the tournament now. Especially after last year’s disappointment, this time when we go to the tournament we’ve got to try to improve on that, do better and maybe possibly go and win it.

"I don’t see why we can’t. We’ve been doing really well in the qualifiers."

“For any player, playing for your country would put you in a better place”

Nathaniel Chalobah 

Chalobah is also eager to impress at Burnley, and is enjoying playing alongside England Under-21s team-mates Danny Ings and Michael Keane, but playing for England represents a huge motivation.

Born in Sierra Leone, Chalobah moved to England as an infant and grew up in south London. 

He has been at Chelsea since he was 11 and made his debut for England U16s at 13. Since then he has made 72 appearances for his country at various levels.

"That pride and honour playing for your country - nothing ever beats that," he said.

"For any player, playing for your country would put you in a better place. And the lads are fantastic.

"The important thing now is to keep fit, keep healthy and our chances will come."

Tickets for England v Portugal at Burnley's Turf Moor home cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Family tickets for two adults with two children cost £20.

Group bookings for 15 people or more (no age restrictions and bookable in advance only): £5 adults and £2.50 concessions.

Tickets will go on sale later this week, via

Hospitality is also available in the Jimmy Adamson Suite, costing £59 per person.

The package includes: one-course meal, programme, teamsheet and executive seating to watch the game, along with half-time refreshments.

To book, call the commercial team on 01282 700007, or email

By James Callow Content manager