Calum Chambers has thanked his new Arsenal teammates for helping him settle into his new role as a senior England international, the
Chambers moved to the Gunners from Southampton prior to the start of the new season and is one of a number of Arsene Wenger’s players called into the national team squad by Roy Hodgson. Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also in the party to play Switzerland, as is Danny Welbeck, a Manchester United player when the squad was named but an Arsenal player following a transfer deadline day move.
“The Arsenal players are here and have helped me settle in well,” Chambers said. “It was obviously nice to see Rickie [Lambert] again too, as I haven’t seen him since he’s moved to Liverpool – we had a good catch up.”
“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a really good experience for me,” he continued. “I’ve been [to St. George’s Park] before with the U19s, but this is on a different level. Everyone has been really nice to me and welcomed me, which I think has helped the transition from the U19s to the senior squad.”
Chambers made his first appearance for the full England side in the friendly win over Norway and said he was nervous at the prospect of taking to the field, but quickly felt at home. “It was a little bit nerve-wracking when I got on the pitch,” he confirmed. “It was just excitement, I just wanted to get on there and kick a ball. I took it all in and really enjoyed it – it was a really good day for me.”
The 19-year-old has played five times for Arsenal after his £12m move, and never played for the England Under-21s, going straight from the Under-19s to the senior side following his club form at the start of the new campaign.
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