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England coach Noel Blake says Southampton's Calum Chambers can become a centre-back
CALUM Chambers will revert to his usual right back position when Saints step out at Selhurst Park tomorrow.
The versatile player lined up in central defence for Noel Blake’s England under-19s against Turkey at Chester on Wednesday.
And Blake, a bruising centre back during his playing days at Pompey and Birmingham, believes Chambers could play in a central role all the time.
Blake said: “Chambers is in the first team at Saints at the moment and is doing very very well. “He can [play at centre back] all the time, but obviously that’s not my decision.
“He’s played wide right and centre midfield and always turned out accomplished performances.
“I personally think long term that Calum will make an excellent centre half.
“He’s doing very well at right back but he’s got very good reading of the game and is very clever.
“The reason why I selected him as a centre back is because I know what he’s like getting back and forward in the right back position.
“I brought him off at half-time (Saints colleague Harrison Reed coming on in his place for his England under-19 debut) because I know he has a game on Saturday.”
Blake also picked out Saints striker Sam Gallagher for praise after the 3-0 win against Turkey. He said of the under-21 debutant: “Sam made a terrific contribution tonight.
“He’s not your average tall centre forward, he’s got very good feet, and he’s fitted really well into the group.”
Blake also made mention of Harrison Reed and Matt Targett’s performances. “Harrison’s passing was excellent,” he reported.
“When he came on at half-time, he was able to get the ball down and create – very competitive and great spirit. “Tags (Targett) did well, when it was tight he found space to move forward.
“All of them should be proud of their performances.”
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