Ben Chilwell wants to become all-time great with England

Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell has revealed his ambition to become one of England’s all-time greats after recently making himself a regular with the England national team. The left-sided defender was not part of the squad for the World Cup earlier in the year but he has since managed to earn his maiden cap amid fitness concerns to the likes of Luke Shaw and Danny Rose.

Moreover, he has continued to feature in four more matches for England and this has included key Nations League games which helped the Three Lions progress to the competition finals next summer. Speaking to the Guardian, Chilwell highlighted his lofty ambitions after emerging as the first-choice left-back for the Three Lions during the past three international breaks.

He said:“That’s my long-term aim (becoming first choice. Obviously I’m not thinking too much about that because it’s a long old career and I’m taking every week as it comes. And at the moment, if I can play well for Leicester for the next few months, then hopefully I can be involved in March and then be involved in the summer in the Nations League. That’s my short-term aim. The long-term aim is obviously to be the first-choice left-back for 10 years to come and be one of the best left-backs that England has ever had.”

Chilwell was initially not picked by Gareth Southgate for the internationals in September but an injury to left-back Luke Shaw ensured that he earned a maiden call-up. He thereafter only made a substitute appearance against Switzerland, but still managed to be selected for the internationals in October with both Shaw and Danny Rose on the sidelines this time around. Chilwell has since cemented his spot with four successive starts for the country and it remains to be seen whether he can continue commanding a similar role during the next set of internationals in March.