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Chilwell: Tuchel’s system switch can help me nail down England spot

Under Frank Lampard, Chilwell was largely deployed as a left-back in a back-four but Tuchel’s shift to a back three has seen the former Leicester man pushed into a wing-back role.

Southgate seems committed to a similar formation with his England side, who face San Marino, Albania and Poland over the next fortnight.

All three matches are World Cup qualifiers, but they also represent the final time Southgate will link up with his players before naming his squad for Euro2020 and Chilwell is hoping to take his club form with him into the international break. 

“If you look at the formation England are playing, the formation we’re playing here at the moment (at Chelsea) gives us the best possible chance to get used to playing in the positions that England want us to play in,” Chilwell said.

“Hopefully that gives us a good chance going into the summer, that we can be used.”

At times, Chilwell has looked head-and-shoulders England’s best option in the position, with Kieran Trippier occasionally having been asked to deputise out of position and Bukayo Saka now seemingly an option in more advanced roles. 

However, the return to form of Luke Shaw at Manchester United this season has given Southgate food for thought.

“Going into the Euros, if me and Luke are battling it out and trying to prove who’s having the best club form going into the tournament, that’s only a positive,” Chilwell added. 


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