Calum Chambers enjoying run of England Under-21s games

Monday 16 Nov 2015
Chambers helped keep a clean sheet against Bosnia-Herzegovina

Calum Chambers says he is enjoying the regular football provided by England Under-21s this season as Euro Qualifying starts to heat up.

The Arsenal defender has seen limited opportunities with the Gunners this season, following their impressive start to the Premier League campaign.

But he’s started all four games for Gareth Southgate’s team this term as the Three Lions have begun their mission to reach the 2017 Euro Finals in Poland.

England v Switzerland

UEFA European U21 Championship
Qualifying Group 9
5.45pm, Monday 16 November 2015
Amex Stadium, Brighton
Live on BT Sport
Tickets: 0844 327 1901

"I think this [playing with the U21s] is good for me at the minute," admitted Chambers, ahead of Monday’s game with Switzerland in Brighton.

"The talent in the squad is still very good and the games we play aren’t easy, they’re all challenging so it benefits me at the moment.

"At the moment I’m trying to fight for my place at Arsenal so to come here and get game time it is good for me so it’s going to benefit me this season. I’ve still got to fight for my place in training because of the talent here."

Chambers first joined up with the U21s group earlier this year to make his debut against Czech Republic in March and was in the unusual position of coming into the squad having already represented the England senior team.

He collected three caps for Roy Hodgson’s side at the start of last season following a bright start to his career at Arsenal after making a summer switch from Southampton in 2014.

And he’s already seen U21 team-mates Eric Dier and Dele Alli make the move into Hodgson’s squad since the start of this season, something which he’s using as his own inspiration to get back into contention with next summer's Euro Finals on the horizon.

"You can see there’s a clear pathway through and it’s a great structure to have because when players do go up, it gives you a real incentive," he added.

"You always want to fight to get the call up but you can see there are opportunities there for us to go up.

"You’ve got to keep it in the back of your mind and aim for it, so we’ll have to see what happens.

"Obviously I miss it because representing your country at senior level is one of your ultimate goals, but coming here and getting game time is good."

Tickets for Monday’s game with Switzerland are just £10 and £5 and are available to buy at the Amex Stadium turnstiles tonight. Or call 0844 327 1901 to get yours in advance.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels in Brighton