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Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has enjoyed a good competition with the England U21’s despite their semifinals exit.

The 22-year-old impressed during the Euro Under-21 Championship this summer and with England senior team lacking numbers in the holding midfield role, Chalobah is one of very few anchorman midfielders coming through the system.

England national team is blessed with quality forward players, attacking midfielders and defenders, but have limited options in the anchor midfield role and England boss Gareth Southgate has been keeping an eye on Chalobah’s progress and believes he has the attributes and potential to be a future international.

However, Chalobah’s lack of game time in Chelsea could stall his transition from the U21s to the senior team.

He had a couple of appearances in the first half of last season but was giving limited opportunities as the season got tougher in the second half.

Chalobah believes that if you come through the St George’s Park system then you will get opportunities under Southgate.

He said: “Gareth Southgate has showed with his faith in the system that anything’s possible leaving the U21s.

“Previously he’s called up Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, players who are here now. Everyone who is here has to try to look forward to the next step.”

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