Why is Calum Chambers not featuring for England Under-21s?

Mathieu Debuchy and Arsenal celebrate (Chambers included)

The Arsenal defender was one of the best defenders in his age group in the Premier League last season.

Gareth Southgate seems to be going back on his and Roy Hodgson's promise to give the best young players in England tournament football so that they will be more complete players when they move up to the full national side. 

Like the decision not to pick Tottenham's Eric Dier in the squad, despite the former Sporting defender, alongside Arsenal's Calum Chambers, playing more minutes for a top five side than any other defender in Gareth Southgate's squad, the fact Chambers hasn't been involved in the opening two matches is a peculiar decision.

With Liam Moore, Ben Gibson and Michael Keane a long way off being regular Premier League defenders, there is only John Stones who is in the squad and is as likely to develop into a top class central defender. And yet Chambers is ignored at centre back, where he played for England Under-21s in the recent friendly win over Belarus.

Considering how shaky Moore and Gibson looked in the loss to Portugal, it's a huge surprise that the Gunners prospect wasn't brought in for the match against Sweden, despite England winning 1-0.

Of the defenders with Southgate in the Czech Republic, it is undoubtedly Stones and Chambers who are the defenders with the most promise - so why is the England setup reneging on what Hodgson told the BBC last year, and not giving the talented players that are likely to step up to full England duty in the coming years, as much as tournament game time as possible.

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