Ben Chilwell has played down his lack of playing time for Chelsea so far this season after scoring his first goal for England in their 5-0 win over Andorra.
Chilwell, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Leicester in the summer of 2020, was a regular starter under former manager Frank Lampard during his first campaign with the club.
However, Chilwell has started just one of Chelsea’s opening seven Premier League games so far this term, with current Blues boss Thomas Tuchel favouring Marcos Alonso in the left wing-back position most of the time.
The 24-year-old was initially left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary, but an injury to fellow Chelsea defender Reece James gave the left-back another chance in the international fold.
Speaking about his struggles so far this season, Chilwell explained that this period is normal for most players at some point in their careers.
‘These things happen in football. Everyone has periods in their career where things don’t go their way and you just have to make sure that you’re training hard and ready when that opportunity comes to take it and show that you should be playing,’ he said after the win in Andorra.
‘It’s very proud every time you put the shirt on and I just wanted to get on the pitch and give the gaffer a bit of a headache for the future games.
Chilwell returned to the England starting XI for the game in Andorra on Saturday and topped the night off with a well-taken goal following good work from Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho, who found the Chelsea defender unmarked inside the box.
‘Just playing for England is such a special feeling and to get that goal and a good win was nice,’ he added.
‘I was just hoping that it got…
Source : metro