Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell has admitted he had to shrug off every other thing from his mind on his England debut against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.
Chilwell got the nod as he was called up to fill in the shoes of Danny Rose who had an outstanding game against the Swiss. The left back had very little to offer as he hardly had any time to show anything special.
But despite the limited game time the 21 year old has produced an excellent cameo as he came up with some visionary passes and tidy distribution. The left back has featured in every top flight matches for Leicester this season and is reaping the dividends for his good show at the King Power Stadium.
Chilwell said, “It’s been a massive night for myself and my family.
“Getting that nod off Gareth to come on and play was a massive thing for me and it all happening at the King Power Stadium was a dream come true.
“He (Southgate) said ‘you deserve this, you’ve been playing well for your club and just do what you’ve been doing for Leicester’ and all the boys on the bench said the same thing.
“I’ve been here since I was 12 so to come on in front of the home fans was amazing and to get a win as well.
“Even when I was warming up, me and Demmy (Demarai Gray) got a good ovation and coming on, you try not to smile and try to keep your game face
“But when I came on the pitch, I was focused on the game so I didn’t really notice (the reception) too much.
“I’ve been told the crowd were brilliant when I came on, so I’ve got to thank them for that.”