In one way, looking from an Arsenal perspective, you could be happy that England did not use our young defender Calum Chambers as they once again flopped at an international tournament. The Arsenal player has had no chance to pick up an injury and as the Three Lions are out of the Euro under 21 championship, he will be able to have a proper summer break and be ready for the start of the season.
But I cannot be happy with Gareth Southgate for taking Chambers and not using him at all, especially when their defending was not great, as seen by them letting in three soft goals in the defeat to Italy last night. For one thing it cannot be good for the lad´s confidence.
I am really surprised as well, because Chambers was one of the players that has been used in the senior England side but was happy to drop back down. And he has more top flight games under his belt than the other England players, as well as him and Jenkinson being the only ones to have played in the Champions League. It does beg the question of whether the young Gunner was doing it in training and if not, that is a concern for Arsenal.
Chambers did not feature much in the latter stages of the season for us, although he did say recently that he was quite pleased with the season on the whole. But he looks to have a huge fight on his hands for the right back role at Arsenal and it would have been good for him to get some international experience in central defence.
Hopefully Chambers will come back refreshed and ready to make his mark and he is still very young but do you think that Arsenal have cause for concern about him? Perhaps a year out on loan may bring back his sharpness?