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Wenger backs Chambers to impress for England

Chambers has impressed in his first few games at Arsenal. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal defender Calum Chambers possesses the character to succeed at international football following his call-up by England.

"I believe Chambers has the quality to be where he is," the Arsenal boss said.

"The only danger is psychological - that he's under too much pressure, that it comes too quick.

"He's only played (started) three games and is in the national team. Of course that's the speedy way.

"I'm not negative about it because at Arsenal we have the example of Theo Walcott, who handled that very well. Jack Wilshere was very quick as well.

"Calum is equipped mentally to deal with that. He has the character to deal with the pressure and the attention he will get.

"He's a kind boy and has a good family environment. I hope in the national team he'll be protected a little bit as well."


England announce Under-21 squad

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City).

Defenders: Tyler Blackett (Manchester United), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United, on loan to Nottingham Forest), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Jack Robinson (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan to Swansea City), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Forwards: Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Ince (Hull City), Danny Ings (Burnley), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan at Brentford), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

They will play two Euro qualifiers in Lithuania and Moldova in September.


Forster eyes England call

Fraser Forster is hoping his move south can see him move up the reckoning in the race to become England's first-choice goalkeeper - and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is backing his new signing to do just that.

It is one of them where I have only played two games in the Premier League and it is a fantastic league to be a part of.

It comes down to playing well for Southampton first and foremost - that is what it is all about. If I do all that then we will just have to see what happens with England.

For me personally it is about me working as hard as I can with Dave (Watson, Southampton and England goalkeeping coach) and in the gym and improve myself as a keeper.

– Fraser Forster
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