Chambers’ ‘whirlwind’ month

Calum Chambers says it’s been a “whirlwind” month after making his England debut against Norway at Wembley Stadium.

This summer, the 19-year-old defender made a move to Arsenal from Southampton and soon figured for the Gunners in The FA Community Shield.

Inside a few short weeks Chambers had received a call from Roy Hodgson and was given his first taste of senior international football last week. He came on as a late substitute in the Three Lions’ 1-0 win over the Norwegians.

Switzerland v England

European Qualifier, Group E
7.45pm BST, Monday 8 September 2014
St Jakob Park, Basel
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“It has been a whirlwind month for me,” Chambers told TheFA.com. “I was over the moon [when I got the call] as it’s every kid’s dream to play for England. It was fantastic news.

“Wembley is an amazing stadium and making my debut there made it all the better really. I had all my family and friends there and it was a dream come true. 

“It was a little bit nerve-wracking when I got on the pitch. It was just excitement, I just wanted to get on there and kick a ball. 

“I took it all in and really enjoyed it – it was a really good day for me.”

When Chambers – who has played for England at U17s and U19s level – met up with England last week, he was one of three Arsenal players in the squad, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. 

Danny Welbeck has since joined the Emirates ranks, while Chambers is also friends with striker Rickie Lambert.

Lambert, 32, played alongside Chambers at Southampton last season, but both have moved to pastures new ahead of this campaign. However, the youngster was pleased to see the Liverpool forward again.

He continued: “The Arsenal players are here and have helped me settle in well. It was obviously nice to see Rickie again, as I haven’t seen him since he’s moved to Liverpool – we had a good catch up.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a really good experience for me. I’ve been [to St. George’s Park] before with the U19s, but this is on a different level.

“Everyone has been really nice to me and welcomed me, which I think has helped the transition from the U19s to the senior squad. 

“Training with the boys here, they are all players of such quality, so you are going to learn things in training. You can speak to the more experienced boys as well and they can help you and give you tips too, which is nice.”

After making his first England appearance under the Arch on Wednesday, Chambers will be hoping to add another cap when they face Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Basel on Monday.

With a relatively young squad, Chambers believes it’s an exciting time for the Three Lions as they continue to build, with the Finals in France in two years’ time their aim.

Calum Chambers

Chambers in training at St. George’s Park

But with the Swiss – who reached the knockout stages of this summer’s World Cup – first up for Hodgson’s men, the former Saint says England will need to be at their best.

“We know they are going to be a good team, they’ve got some really quality players and had a good World Cup,” he said. 

“We’re not going to go into it thinking it’s going to be easy, because it’s not. We’ve been working really hard over the last few days to prepare ourselves physically and mentally. 

“We’re going to go into the game knowing it’s going to be a big test, but we’ll give it our all and hopefully get a result out of it.”

He added: “Norway sat off us a little, but I think Switzerland will be a good test as they’ll come out at us. I think we’ve prepared well, so we’ll be in good shape for it.

“There is a lot of young talent in the senior squad and there is a lot of excitement. Players have a lot of flair – we’re looking forward to a good game.”