Chelsea: Ben Chilwell is back with a bang for club and country after Euro 2020 snub


Ben Chilwell has had rotten luck of late, and there was a look of tiredness in his eyes when his opening goal against Andorra was initially ruled out on Saturday.

Finally gifted a start by Gareth Southgate after being frozen out of Euro 2020 and failing to play a minute of action at the tournament, here was the left-back’s perfect chance to cap off his resurgence at Chelsea and remind the Three Lions boss he has the quality to compete with Luke Shaw. 

Up went the referee’s hand as he rifled home from Jadon Sancho’s pull-back, but after a brief wait the goal was eventually given after the United winger was judged to have been onside from Phil Foden’s lofted pass. From despair to relief – as he beamed alongside his team-mates – a feeling that sums up his transformation. 

Ben Chilwell’s poor luck looked to continue when his opener against Andorra was ruled out

But his despair turned to joy as VAR overturned the decision - summing up his transformation

But his despair turned to joy as VAR overturned the decision – summing up his transformation

A player who had just enjoyed a starring campaign for Chelsea, capped off by winning the Champions League, would have expected to start for England at the Euros, but from the first game Gareth Southgate made it clear he was not going to be part of his plans for the tournament, despite being named in the 23-man squad.

He wasn’t even named on the bench for the first game against Croatia, with right-back Kieran Trippier preferred at left-back in the 1-0 win – and Chilwell’s exile continued all the way up until the Wembley final with Shaw eventually preferred in the role. 

Being left out of a team is never an easy feeling – and his lack of minutes for the Three Lions had a knock-on effect for his club as he was benched for Chelsea at the start of the season, with Marcos Alonso pouncing on his opportunity to become first choice after knuckling down in pre-season. His boss Thomas Tuchel blamed ‘mental tiredness’ after being overlooked by Southgate this summer. 

He was benched for all of England's Euro 2020 campaign, which left him 'mentally tired'

He was benched for all of England’s Euro…

Source : dailymail

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