It has been reported that Calum Chambers does not feel at all like he has dropped below his capabilities by representing the England U21s.
The Arsenal defender, who has played three times for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions, turned out for Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions in a friendly with the Czech Republic on Friday.
Some may see Chambers’ appearance for the U21s as a demotion but the Gunners young gun felt privileged to be given the chance to play for his nation.
“As I’ve always said, it’s an honour to play for your country, no matter what the age group,” Chambers said following his debut at U21 level.
“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.”