Arsenal’s Calum Chambers set for senior Wembley debut

The Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was watched by Roy Hodgson in a few games recently, including at right-back against Chelsea, and it seems that the England boss has decided to pull the 19 year-old out of the U21 squad for the important European Championship play-off against Croatia to give him his first taste of senior football at Wembley, after coming on as a sub in the last friendly in Norway.

The U21 coach Gareth Southgate, although hoping that Chambers would play against Croatia, admitted that it was far more important for up-and-coming young stars to grab every chance to play for the senior side. He said in the Telegraph: “In my view, the first team always comes first and then the experience of the individual after that, so that is why Calum looks like he is going to play, so that is the right thing for him.

“If I am as a coach saying to him you cannot play for England’s seniors, it is not a great footing to get off on.

“Nobody can say that is not a brilliant experience to play at Wembley and possibly get a start with England.”

England may only be facing the minnows of San Marino, but for Chambers it could be the start of a long and successful England career alongside his Arsenal team-mates in the senior side.

Good luck Calum! Just remember not to concede and silly yellow cards this time eh?

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  1. Im also praying that calum comes back to us injury free! We have already got to many injuries to deal with, and cannot afford to lose him!

  2. impressive what calum has achieved, wenger saw what alot of us didnt .
    think he got this one right.
    scneiderlin taggin along would have been great.

    amazing what southampton academy are doing- endless line of future stars

  3. Chambers needs to be on the
    field in Arsenals big games.
    When Debuchi returns
    Chambers will be able
    to play CB or DM.
    Replacing a weak Arteta and now
    a too slow Mertesacker seems logical.

    1. davidnz Agree but logic doesn’t seem to fit for most Gooners ,already you have 4 thumbs down! The two players you mention should not be anywhere near playing for Arsenal. Chambers has already played at RB and CB. His own preference is for CB but Wenger now wants to use him in midfield. For God’s sake he’s only 19 , he’s going to get totally screwed. Please Mr Wenger remove the sloth and play the young man where he feels comfortable. You had plenty of opportunity to sort out the CDM issue in the last window, so don’t screw up a young boy’s career to cover your own incompetence……

  4. Chambers should be playing for the U21’s he shouldn’t be in the England 1st team,in other successful countries like Germany or Spain players follow a route of U17,19,21’s then 1st team no wonder England suck players skip steps without playing long enough in the youth set up!

  5. Wenger and the medical team are so close to completing their life long dream of creating the worlds greatest injured XI. Just a few more f*ck ups and we’re all set.

  6. Playing San Marino Liechtenstein
    Gibralta the Faroe Islands Malta etc
    is totally ridiculous. Why risk injury
    playing Conference league players?

  7. screw these stupid games vs mickey mouse teams. it just gives our players a chance to get injured on a crappy pitch. Feel bad for Chambers and Alexis. Very soon they will join the injury prone club because they are at Arsenal. :/ Fire the damn physio team or something. Someone isn’t doing their jobs right at the club (besides Wenger)

  8. I hope Cazorla gets back to his sleek self of 2 seasons ago. Him and Ramsey are our most influencial players and Walcott not too far off. If these guys perform we always win or atleast get a draw..

    To me Cazorla declined the moment Ozil was signed, Cazorla made a bench player and Ozils back up, Wenger started making him a substitute who comes on for 15-10 minutes for most games.

    Cazorla is our best midfielder.

    1. I’ve always said this. Cazorla had a blazing first season and was sacrificed. Rightfully so though when we buy a 42mill player, he has to start at first, but Cazorla has always been more valuable in my opinion. I’m actually looking forward to having Walcott, Cazorla, Ramsey all starting soon. A bit of a throwback, haha. And Alexis and Welbeck helping out also sounds nice. Oh if only we had a CDM to complete all this :/

  9. Pathetic comment and thumb down.can you please expantiate more on how ozil is the reason for carzolas average performance? Cos if my memory is not failing me then carzola was a left winger before we bought him and he even scored hattrick agains reading from the left wing.there is no harm in complaining about things that are not right about our dear club but to constantly say gibbrish as fact is a little bad.carzola had a dip in form is fact and he knows it,please dont pin it on ozil deal. Wonder what you lots would be saying if we have bought fabregas and chelsea got ozil with costa in front.and to all “if chelsea win the bpl,its cos of fabregas ” announcers here, i say if chelsea win the league its cos of their whole team and most importantly costa.the thing that prevented them from winning it last season was lack of a proper striker like costa which jose testified to and not because they didnt create enough scoring chances (they created more scoring chances than us last season).

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