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Wenger told Hodgson his £16m signing was ready for England call-up

Arsene Wenger told Roy Hodgson that Arsenal's Calum Chambers was ready to represent his nation.

Arsene Wenger has assured Roy Hodgson that Calum Chambers is ready to make the step-up to the full England team, the Three Lions boss has revealed.

Chambers has never represented England at under-21 level, but has been named as part of Hodgson’s first-squad since the World Cup.

And, after revealing his team to face Norway and Switzerland in England’s games next month, Hodgson said that he wanted to seek reassurances from Chambers’ club manager before putting his faith in him.

"Arsene assured me he's ready for any challenge," Hodgson said.

"Chambers jumps over the Under-21s but with 10 injuries and six of them in the defensive part of the field I didn't have the luxury of saying he could start in the Under-21s."

Although the former Southampton man, who moved to Arsenal for £16 million this summer, has only just received his first call-up he could be in line for a start, too.

England have a problem position at right-back and Hodgson may choose to utilise him in that position for the Three Lions’ matches.

The 19-year-old impressed at full-back during his time at Saints, but has played in centre-back since his move to Arsenal.

He is now considered to be one of the stars of the future and someone who can be a vital component in the England squad as they look to pick themselves up from another disappointing display at a major international tournament.

Hodgson is looking towards the youth after England failed to win in Brazil over the summer and Chambers is one of the brightest talents coming through.

His call-up is the final part of what has been a whirlwind year for Chambers, who has risen from Saints’ youth-team to international recognition in ultra-quick fashion.

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