Ben Chilwell makes Chelsea playing time admission after scoring first goal for England


Ben Chilwell said he was “over the moon” with netting his first goal for England in their 5-0 win over Andorra on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old left-back opened the scoring for Gareth Southgate’s side after 17 minutes, smashing the ball past Josep Gomes from close range to put England on their way to victory.

There was a long wait for the goal – Chilwell’s first in 15 England caps – to be awarded, after an offside flag against Jadon Sancho initially ruled it out before VAR intervened.

“I was just hoping that it got overturned,’ he told the Chelsea website.

“I asked Sanch if he thought he was offside and he said he thought he was on so I was hoping that it would get overturned and thankfully it was.

“It’s amazing. I’ve been in the squad for three or so years now so to get that first goal was special. Although I waited a few minutes to celebrate, it’s an amazing feeling and I’m over the moon with it.”

Against Andorra, Chilwell was making his first Three Lions appearance since March, having not made it onto the pitch at all for England during their run to the final of EURO 2020.

At club level the defender has struggled for game time too, having only appeared five times for the Blues under Thomas Tuchel this season, with the German coach preferring Spaniard Marcos Alonso in his position.

“These things happen in football,’ added Chilwell.

“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.

“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. Just playing for England is such a special feeling and to get that goal and a good win was nice.”

Source by Football London

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