Chilwell and James on the wing-back role and making the nation proud

‘I played as a right-sided centre-back many times coming through the Academy so the position isn’t new to me.

‘It’s much different to wing-back, you can’t really go forward. At wing-back you have the license to push on and join in attacks, but on the right side of a three you’re kind of limited to where you can go and what you can do.’

Whether England play with full-backs or wing-backs at Euro 2020, it seems to be a particularly strong area of their squad, with James and Chilwell joined by Luke Shaw, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, meaning there is plenty of competition for places.

However, given the strength of the Chelsea squad, Chilwell insists it is a situation he is used to and feels it will help get the best out of all the players, whoever gets the nod for the starting line-up against Croatia.

‘There will be competition for places in every position,’ said Chilwell. ‘I have the same situation at Chelsea with Marcos Alonso, I had it with Christian Fuchs at Leicester for two or so years and, in both cases, it made me a better player. It improves you and Luke will have the same mindset, if you asked him. Training is very competitive.