Arsenal defender comments on 'whirlwind' month

Arsenal's Calum Chambers says that this month has been a whirlwind for him.

Arsenal wonderkid Calum Chambers says that making his debut for England helped him complete his childhood dream.

The 19-year-old made his debut for the Three Lions in their 1-0 win over Norway, coming on as a late substitute, and he says that the national debut has capped off a whirlwind month for him. 

"It has been a whirlwind month for me," Chambers said to the FA's official site. "I was over the moon [when I got the call] as it's every kid's dream to play for England. It was fantastic news."

"Wembley is an amazing stadium and making my debut there made it all the better really. I had all my family and friends there and it was a dream come true."

Chambers' career is on a rapid rise after his breakthrough season last year. 

The versatile defender was a regular in Southampton's first-team before completing a move to the Emirates for around £16 million this summer. 

The switch to the title contenders was expected to limit his starting opportunities initially, but he made a huge early impression in North-London and has been a regular pick by Arsene Wenger. 

Chambers has been utilised as a centre-back at Arsenal, rather than as a right-back, as he was by Saints, but he has taken the switch of positions in his stride and looks set to be one of England's key players for the future. 

That said, Chambers has simply bypassed the under-21's in going straight into the full-side to make his debut and the step-up can be a daunting prospect for many individuals. 

There have been countless Three Lions players to make a fleeting appearance for the national side before dropping out of selection after failing to impress, but Chambers says that having a lot of his Arsenal teammates and Rickie Lambert, who he knows from his time at Southampton, about has helped ease the nerves. 

"The Arsenal players are here and have helped me settle in well. It was obviously nice to see Rickie again, as I haven't seen him since he's moved to Liverpool - we had a good catch up," he said. "Everyone has been really nice to me and welcomed me, which I think has helped the transition from the U19s to the senior squad."

He will now have his focus turned on making his first competitive appearance for the Three Lions, which could come tonight when Hodgson's men take on Switzerland in their opening qualifying match for Euro 2016.

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