Leicester’s Ben Chilwell has been called into the England squad as a replacement for the injured Luke Shaw. Chilwell, who made his Three Lions debut as a substitute in the 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium last month, had originally been included in the Under-21 squad.
But the 21-year-old will now take the place of Manchester United left-back Shaw, who will miss the Nations League double-header against Croatia and Spain, in Gareth Southgate’s senior ranks.
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Chilwell has established himself as first choice in the same position at Leicester and has been an ever-present in their Premier League side so far this season.
He moves up to the senior squad with the blessing of Under-21 boss Aidy Bothroyd, who praised Southgate for looking within the current set-up to find his replacements.
“It’s great the first thing Gareth does, when a player gets injured, he looks to the 21s or the 20s and the 19s now as well,” he said. “He is promoting young talent and for the rest of the guys in the pathway it makes our job a lot easier because they know if they do well they’ve got a chance.”