England under-21 boss gives his backing to out-of-favour Arsenal defender Calum Chambers

The defender is not featuring regularly for Arsenal.

Last summer Arsenal snapped up Calum Chambers from Southampton. He went on to impress in his early days at The Emirates Stadium.

However things soon faded out. Some poor performances saw him drop out of the Arsenal first-team and he has struggled to earn his place in the Arsenal XI back this season.

The young defender has played just six times for Arsenal this season and just three times in the Premier League as he sits behind Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy in the right-back pecking order and Gabriel, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the hunt for centre-back starting berths.

However he remains a vital member of the England under-21 side and this week the coach of the side has backed the player.

Gareth Southgate is quoted by the Daily Mail as stating:

"He is important for us. At the moment he is in the transition of becoming a central defender from a full back. I still think he can be a very good full back. I don't think he should rule that out in his mind. The ability to play both roles at that age is important.

"He is at a club that is one of the top two in the country. They have got big Champions League matches, so for him to be anywhere near that is encouraging. He was probably played more last year than he could have expected having just left Southampton.

"Arsene (Wenger) and Steve Bould, I know, always talk to him. They are trying to help him with his game."


Chambers will be particularly important for the upcoming games against Bosnia and Switzerland after his defensive partner Eric Dier of Tottenham was called up to the England first-team.

The fixtures are also a chance for Chambers to put his current club struggles on the back burner and focus on playing some regular football with his nation.

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