Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell wants to be one of England’s best ever left-backs after becoming a central part of Gareth Southgate’s plans since the World Cup.
The 21-year-old has played in all five of the Three Lions’ fixtures since he was first called up for the friendly against Switzerland in September.
And amid Luke Shaw and Danny Rose’s fitness problems, Chilwell has started the last three competitive internationals as England qualified for the Nations League Finals.
Having had a taste of international football, Chilwell wants to cement his place in Southgate’s plans and join the pantheon of greats to have played on the left-side of the defence.
“That’s my long-term aim (becoming first choice),” Chilwell told The Guardian about his England ambitions
“Obviously I’m not thinking too much about that because it’s a long old career and I’m taking every week as it comes.
“And at the moment, if I can play well for Leicester for the next few months, then hopefully I can be involved in March and then be involved in the summer in the Nations League. That’s my short-term aim.
“The long-term aim is obviously to be the first-choice left-back for 10 years to come and be one of the best left-backs that England has ever had.
“But that’s obviously in the back of my head.”
Off the field, Leicester’s campaign has been vastly overshadowed by the tragic death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died after his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium in October.
The weeks of mourning which followed united the Leicester squad according to Chilwell, with the club now inspired to win a piece of silverware to pay tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha work as owner.
“It’s brought us together as a family; we’re not just teammates now,” he added
“We know what Vichai’s dreams were, so it’s up to us to make them happen.
“The investment being put in has given us the foundations to achieve what he would have wanted, which is to be playing in Europe and consistently be one of the best teams in the country over the next few years.
“That’s going to be our aim to try and do that.”