Arsenal and England defender, Calum Chambers, believes there has been no greater time to be an English footballer, given the success of the Three Lions’ youth teams, this summer.
England U17s lost to Spain on penalties in the Euro 2017 Final, whilst the U18s won the Toulon Tournament for a second year running and, of course, England’s U20s took home the ultimate prize; the World Cup.
Furthermore, in the U17 tournament, Jadon Sancho of Manchester City and England, was named Player of the Tournament; David Brooks of Sheffield United was named as the U18 Player of the Tournament; Dominic Solanke completed the hat-trick for the U20s.
Chambers’ comments, then, make perfect sense – and for once, it’s not just PR waffle; there really is belief building.
“There is a great future. They’re winning things; we’d love to do the same.
“There is the senior first team as well. They have lots of good young players already.
“The competition here between the teams is very high, but we’ve dealt with the pressure well.
“That’s due to the experience we have from playing at tournaments together in the past – like when we won at Toulon last summer. That has helped us get the results we needed.
“There is a good vibe; the boys are confident. Everyone is happy we’ve made it through the group stages and we are looking forward to the match.
“We’ve practised penalties, too, so if it comes to that, we’ll be ready.”
Calum Chambers speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live
Chambers’ England U21s are currently awaiting their semi-final with Germany in Tychy, and the U19s Championship is still to come – Borussia Mönchengladbach’s new loan signing from West Ham, Reece Oxford, will be one of several Three Lions aiming to continue the fine summer of English football.
The ‘England DNA’ that was introduced at St George’s park almost three years ago is, perhaps, starting the reap the rewards.
It was always a long-term strategy – it’s already too late to save the likes of Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw – but are England seeing the revolution that Spain and Germany went through over a decade ago?