Calum Chambers has been ‘rewarded’ for his great start at Arsenal with a first call up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
The Three Lions are set to face Norway in a friendly on 3 September before kicking off their Euro 2016 qualification with a trip to Switzerland five days later.
Following the retirement of Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard Hodgson’s emphasis appears to be on youth with fellow Gunners Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also called up.
Kieran Gibbs’ hamstring problem means he misses the chance to take advantage of Luke Shaw’s chocolate éclair diet, while Theo Walcott is obviously still sidelined.
Before the season started Arsene Wenger spoke about Arsenal helping England to win the World Cup, as Bayern and Barcelona have done with Germany and Spain respectively.
Well aware though of the added pressure that comes with playing for England he urged Hodgson to take his time with Chambers; words seemingly not heeded.
Just two weeks ago he said of a potential call-up for his summer signing, “In England you have to be a bit more patient. He [Chambers] has played three games and I think it is important for the development of the players that it doesn’t go too fast.
“Not so much on the football front but psychologically as well. That players feel that hurdle after hurdle they feel stronger and it doesn’t go too quick for them. For me that is something that is very important in development.”
He did add that he felt Chambers was mature enough to deal with his rapid rise to the top of the game.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton)
Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)