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Chalobah holds no grudges against Chelsea after receiving first England senior call-up

Chalobah swapped Chelsea for Watford in the summer and has been rewarded for his impressive form so far this season Photo: PA

Nathaniel Chalobah holds no grudges against former club Chelsea, despite having to leave Stamford Bridge to win his first England senior call-up.

Chalobah swapped Chelsea for Watford in the summer and has been rewarded for his impressive form with his new club with a call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

"Everyone knows Chelsea is very difficult," he said at a press conference.

"Chelsea is a world-class club with world-class players, it was difficult for me to get in the team.

"As always I tried to stay focused and concentrated. Chelsea is in the past now."

Pushed on whether he got enough of an opportunity to prove himself in west London, Chalobah added: "There's a lot of pressure on winning games and sometimes to chuck a youngster in is not an easy decision for the manager. But I felt I gave my best when I was there.

"Now I've moved to Watford I've got the opportunity to try to showcase myself."

England head to Malta for their first 2018 World Cup qualifier of the season. Catch the action live on ITV from 7:15pm this Friday.