Ben Chilwell was flying yesterday as the Chelsea star shone during England’s 5-0 win over San Marino.

Chilwell started and finished the Three Lions opening fixture of their World Cup qualifying campaign last night.

The Blues £45m (BBC Sport) summer signing was in sizzling form down England’s left-hand channel.

He was directly involved in the opening goal, picking out James Ward-Prowse with a smart pull-back.

England’s midfielder James Ward-Prowse (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with England’s defender Ben Chilwell (L) during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match between England and San Marino at Wembley Stadium in London on March 25, 2021. – – NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by CARL RECINE / POOL / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) had him down for making 126 passes, the most of any player on the Wembley pitch, with an accuracy of 93.7%.

Add to that his five key passes and five attempted crosses, it was an altogether productive evening for the 24-year-old.

This was his 11th cap under Gareth Southgate and only the third since November 2019.

England v San Marino - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 25: Ben Chilwell of England is challenged by Manuel Battistini of San Marino during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between England and San Marino at Wembley Stadium on March 25, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

It was the first call-up Chilwell had received whilst playing for Thomas Tuchel at club level, despite most of his best work arriving during Frank Lampard’s tenure.

Chelsea’s left-back will be aiming to lock-down that side of England’s defence ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

His main competitor will be Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.

If they can both remain fit, then Southgate has a decent set of options heading into the major tournament.

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