'I looked at this': Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho praise what 24-year-old Chelsea star did on int'l duty
Former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho both gave their opinions about Ben Chilwell’s first goal for England last weekend.
Appearing on the official England YouTube channel, Abraham and Sancho re-watched the significant moments from Saturday’s 5-0 walkover of Andorra.
Chilwell unfastened the floodgates after 20 minutes to open his Three Lions account at the 15th attempt.
Bukayo Saka scored on the stroke of half-time before Abraham netted his second for England just before the hour.
James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish rounded off an easy evening’s work.
Chilly ice cool
Having rewound to the start of the match, Abraham and Sancho got to relive Chilwell’s golden goal.
“I looked at this goal, Chilly, it’s actually a good finish,” admitted Abraham, once a Chelsea colleague of the left-back.
“He laces it. If I laced it, I think it’s going over the bar.”
“Most full-backs aren’t in that position to get the tap in,” Sancho said.
Abraham rounded off the analysis, saying: “Any attacker would’ve side-footed it. Chilly laced it.”
Chilwell’s effort against Andorra means he has now scored in consecutive games for club and country for the first time in his senior career.
It seems the stars are beginning to re-align for the defender.
Once a mainstay in the Chelsea team, Chilwell fell sharply down the pecking order after the Champions League final.
Earning zero minutes at the European Championships allowed Marcos Alonso to steal a mark on his teammate.
Alonso spent most of the summer at Cobham, directly in the eyeline of Thomas Tuchel.
This meant the Spaniard shot up the ladder and reclaimed the left wing-back spot from Chilwell.
Although the position remains in Alonso’s grasp, the England international is gradually gaining ground again.
It’s certainly a healthy headache for Tuchel to locate an ointment for.
He will need to find a remedy before Chelsea challenge Brentford in the Premier League in a few days.