Reports have claimed that Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah has been included in England’s provisional 55-man squad for the World Cup.
According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old has joined Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the list of players the manager is choosing from.
The tournament is set to get underway later this month, with Gareth Southgate’s side facing group games against Iran, USA and Wales.
The defence has been a real source of worry for Three Lions fans. In what is likely to be a back five, you would be hard pressed to name three international proven, in form options.
Many will have been hoping Fikayo Tomori will have been the answer, although his dismal showings against Chelsea earlier this season will have done his chances no favours.
This has seen calls for Chalobah to be offered an opportunity. He only lost his first game as a starter for the Blues last weekend against Brighton.
Chalobah included in England squad
He has looked an assured defender under Graham Potter too, playing the majority of the minutes since he came in thanks to Wesley Fofana’s injury.
And his chances of making the final 26-man World Cup squad are well and truly alive. The Daily Mail have claimed that Chalobah is in the shortlist to be selected.
With his experience playing in a back three, Southgate should certainly be looking to the 23-year-old as an option to feature on the right of the defensive line.
With Kyle Walker struggling and Reece James all but out of consideration for the tournament, the Blues’ options on that side of defence look bleak to say the least.
However, Chalobah can provide a great base for an attacking option at wing-back, likely Kieran Trippier or Trent Alexander-Arnold, allowing them not to concern themselves with the defensive responsibilities.
With Chalobah quickly earning the trust of Potter at Chelsea, there’s no reason the same can’t be the case with Southgate and England.