Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has called his call-up to play for the England U21s “an honour.”
The 20-year-old has made three appearances so far for the England senior team since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Southampton in the summer but made his bow for the U21 side in Friday’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.
“As I’ve always said, it’s an honour to play for your country, no matter what the age group,” he said.
“When I was asked to play for the U21s, of course I was going to come and play. I was really looking forward to this trip and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far.”
“There is a smooth pathway between the U21s and the seniors now and there was an opportunity for me to play for the U21s so I jumped at it because I love to play for my country.”
“Players should want to play for their country at any level and I’ve played for the senior team a few times, but that would never make me want to stop playing for the U21s. It’s an honour and you should never turn it down.”
“The lads here are great and there is a brilliant atmosphere in the squad. It has been a really enjoyable trip so far.”
“I enjoyed it,” he said of his debut. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, playing at their home ground and in front of their home crowd.”
“But in the end it was a good result and a good performance. Everyone here gives 100 per cent in every game and there is good competition for places which will only make us stronger as a squad.”