ENGLAND’S supporters aren’t the one ones feeling the thrill after the World Cup – the nation’s Younger Lions are already dreaming of Qatar.
Gareth Southgate and his squad returned dwelling from Russia on Sunday as heroes after capturing the nation’s hearts on their run to the semi-finals.
The texture-good issue amongst the England sides is at an all-time excessive after the senior facet’s efforts and the World Cup triumphs of the Beneath-17s and U20s final yr.
Now the U19s need to add one other accolade to the trophy cupboard at St. George’s Park by retaining the European Championship crown in Finland and start their very own quest to be a part of the subsequent World Cup in 2022.
England captain and Chelsea starlet Trevoh Chalobah, 19, solely informed SunSport: “I believe everybody seems like that is the most effective time for us England gamers. Watching what the first-team have achieved, it has given all of us children confidence.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold has proven that the exhausting work he has put in for his membership gained Gareth Southgate’s belief and his inclusion provides big hope for the remainder of us.
“For me, watching the World Cup, it simply introduced me a lot pleasure and made me realise how a lot I liked soccer. It’s nice to see the supervisor bringing in numerous younger gamers and they’re taking part in actually thrilling soccer.”
Chalobah, whose brother Nathaniel might probably have been a part of Southgate’s facet in Russia however for an harm picked up in coaching at Watford, added: “My brother skilled with the England staff final season and that was a very good expertise for him.
“Hopefully on the subsequent World Cup me and him can each be in there.
“I don’t assume any of us can await 2022 and that’s all of our goals to maintain working exhausting in the direction of that and attempt to be part of it.
“However that is the place that journey begins now – getting expertise at tournaments like this.
“And after the success of final yr we need to win this match and I hope I might help convey my expertise to the group – all of the boys are fired up and prepared.”
Regardless of distant desires of pulling on the Three Lions crest in Qatar, Chalobah is targeted on the extra quick problem that awaits him and his team-mates in Finland.
England kick-off their marketing campaign in opposition to Turkey on Tuesday in Seinajoki earlier than going through Ukraine on Friday and a closing group showdown France three days later.
And the defender, who has joined Ipswich City on a season-long mortgage, has an additional incentive to do nicely after struggling agony 12 months in the past.
Chalobah, taking part in an age-group up, was a part of final yr’s title-winning squad however was compelled out of the match within the closing group recreation after struggling ankle ligament injury.
And being unable to raise the trophy in particular person and solely watching at dwelling on TV has made him much more decided to attain glory this month.
He stated: “That was a giant blow for me personally. I used to be taking part in so nicely and began the primary few video games after which I sadly bought the harm. However I’m again now feeling match and powerful and I’m simply prepared to point out what I can do and convey that have from final yr to the staff.
ENGLAND’S U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Ellery Balcombe (Brentford), Jamie Cumming (Chelsea)
Defenders: Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich City, on mortgage from Chelsea), Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion), Ed Francis (Almere Metropolis, on mortgage from Manchester Metropolis), Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea), Dujon Sterling (Coventry Metropolis, on mortgage from Chelsea), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Tom Bayliss (Coventry Metropolis), Elliot Embleton (Sunderland), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), Adam Lewis (Liverpool), Max Sanders (Brighton & Hove Albion), Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough), Kelland Watts (Newcastle United)
Forwards: Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest), Niall Ennis (Wolverhampton Wanderers), George Hirst (OH Leuven), Ben Morris (Ipswich City)
“After taking part in all qualifiers to then watch the video games once I was again at dwelling injured reveals how a lot I wished to be part of it. I knew we had nice gamers, everybody on the bench might come on and make an affect, so I used to be assured that they might do nicely and so they did.
“However that’s one of many foremost the explanation why I did say I wished to return again right here this yr. I had the choice to remain at my mortgage membership however I stated I wished to return as I felt it was vital, with me being captain, to attempt to raise that trophy. And I’ll be giving it the whole lot to do this.”
He continued: “It will be an enormous achievement for us. To see the U20s and U17s successful it final yr, that basically motivated us as a staff and introduced an actual togetherness amongst us. I believe we’re prepared for that problem however our first purpose is to win these Euros.
“This match is packed full of fine groups and a very powerful factor for us is to not underestimate anybody and keep targeted. We’ve to stay to recreation plan and the England DNA and attempt to present everybody that this nation has good gamers.”
And the Euros just isn’t the one problem Chalobah is trying ahead to over what guarantees to be an thrilling marketing campaign for the teen.
He added: “I’m actually excited to see what the long run holds with Ipswich. I began pre-season with them two weeks earlier than I got here right here which helped me to get to know the gamers and supervisor.
“I used to be unable to go on mortgage final season because of the harm, however I believe this yr I’m prepared and it’s time for me to step up and present what I can do.”