Ex-Saint Calum Chambers to be named in senior England squad

Calum Chambers

Calum Chambers

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FORMER Saints defender Calum Chambers is today expected to be named in the England squad for the forthcoming friendly with Norway at Wembley.

The 19-year-old has slotted comfortably into the Arsenal defence since his £16million move from Southampton this summer.

Arsene Wenger told Roy Hodgson to think long and hard about what effect calling up Chambers would have on the teenager, but the England boss is satisfied the Saints academy product fits the bill as a future international.

Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Everton's 20-year-old defender John Stones are also expected to be named in the squad..

It is the captaincy which is attracting the most attention, and it would be a huge surprise if Wayme Rooney was not given the nod to succeed Steven Gerrard.

Following the retirements of Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, Rooney is by far the most experienced of the players available to Hodgson.

The 28-year-old has 95 caps and has just been appointed skipper of Manchester United, while Gerrard labelled him "a natural leader."

Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott and Jay Rodriguez are all out with long-term injuries and Liverpool's ex-Saint Adam Lallana is also a doubt due to a knee problem.

The Norway friendly, which is followed five days later by England's first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basle, is expected to be played before the lowest international crowd at the new Wembley with only 17,000 tickets sold as of last Thursday.

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7:53am Thu 28 Aug 14

warrens 76 says...

Well a'int that just dandy.
Well a'int that just dandy. warrens 76
  • Score: 7

8:09am Thu 28 Aug 14

InsideOutCat says...

Is there a local rag somewhere in Rotterdam running a headline "Former Feyenoord striker Pelle scores first goal for new side"?


I thought not.
Is there a local rag somewhere in Rotterdam running a headline "Former Feyenoord striker Pelle scores first goal for new side"? I thought not. InsideOutCat
  • Score: 11

8:21am Thu 28 Aug 14

guernseysaint says...

Could have been the centre back we are looking for if we'd kept him. Seems to be doing a good job for Arsenal. Out of all the sales I wonder whether he would of stayed with a bit more persuasion. Anyway - onward and upward. When our new side gels it could be better than last years. No more news about ex-saints please Echo.
Could have been the centre back we are looking for if we'd kept him. Seems to be doing a good job for Arsenal. Out of all the sales I wonder whether he would of stayed with a bit more persuasion. Anyway - onward and upward. When our new side gels it could be better than last years. No more news about ex-saints please Echo. guernseysaint
  • Score: 10

8:28am Thu 28 Aug 14

BarnetSaint says...

Of all the sales, this one was nonsensical and quite frankly appalling.
He went for a comparative pittance, straight into their central defence which means he'd been thoroughly assessed by goonies.
Something we should have done.
Really gutted about this.
Of all the sales, this one was nonsensical and quite frankly appalling. He went for a comparative pittance, straight into their central defence which means he'd been thoroughly assessed by goonies. Something we should have done. Really gutted about this. BarnetSaint
  • Score: 9

8:33am Thu 28 Aug 14

Jesus_02 says...

Worrying that we bid 16m for Rojo. What a great bit of business for the club to get rid of Chambers.

The artical is of intrest to Saints BTW. I would imgine that it activates an add on. Hence Wanger trying to put Hogeson off selecting him.
Worrying that we bid 16m for Rojo. What a great bit of business for the club to get rid of Chambers. The artical is of intrest to Saints BTW. I would imgine that it activates an add on. Hence Wanger trying to put Hogeson off selecting him. Jesus_02
  • Score: -2

8:48am Thu 28 Aug 14

george chivers says...

BarnetSaint wrote:
Of all the sales, this one was nonsensical and quite frankly appalling.
He went for a comparative pittance, straight into their central defence which means he'd been thoroughly assessed by goonies.
Something we should have done.
Really gutted about this.
A big error of judgement.
[quote][p][bold]BarnetSaint[/bold] wrote: Of all the sales, this one was nonsensical and quite frankly appalling. He went for a comparative pittance, straight into their central defence which means he'd been thoroughly assessed by goonies. Something we should have done. Really gutted about this.[/p][/quote]A big error of judgement. george chivers
  • Score: 5

10:35am Thu 28 Aug 14

echo1948 says...

What a surprise. Just goes to show that the England selection process is elitist. Play for a lesser team and you are not selected, move to one of the"top" 4, and you are straight in for England. Or maybe I,m being synical.
What a surprise. Just goes to show that the England selection process is elitist. Play for a lesser team and you are not selected, move to one of the"top" 4, and you are straight in for England. Or maybe I,m being synical. echo1948
  • Score: 8

10:38am Thu 28 Aug 14

oldsaintsfan says...

In my opinion it's been a summer of very ordinary business for saints. The Chambers sale is just the worst decision of a bad lot.
In my opinion it's been a summer of very ordinary business for saints. The Chambers sale is just the worst decision of a bad lot. oldsaintsfan
  • Score: 5

10:39am Thu 28 Aug 14

Dave Juson says...

While being unhappy Calum is no among us, his progress is a tremendous feather in the cap for the "Southampton way". Hopefully the Academy is being is well managed now as it was when Huw Jennings and his successor Matt Crocker were running it, and continues to be as innovative.
Jennings is now at Fulham, with several other youth coaches formerly with the Saints. It would be interesting to know why the system he did so much to help develop at Southampton has proved so much more successful than most of the rest in England.
I cannot imagine the Echo ever looking into the story.
While being unhappy Calum is no among us, his progress is a tremendous feather in the cap for the "Southampton way". Hopefully the Academy is being is well managed now as it was when Huw Jennings and his successor Matt Crocker were running it, and continues to be as innovative. Jennings is now at Fulham, with several other youth coaches formerly with the Saints. It would be interesting to know why the system he did so much to help develop at Southampton has proved so much more successful than most of the rest in England. I cannot imagine the Echo ever looking into the story. Dave Juson
  • Score: 5

10:40am Thu 28 Aug 14

nomorerumours says...

guernseysaint wrote:
Could have been the centre back we are looking for if we'd kept him. Seems to be doing a good job for Arsenal. Out of all the sales I wonder whether he would of stayed with a bit more persuasion. Anyway - onward and upward. When our new side gels it could be better than last years. No more news about ex-saints please Echo.
I agree. Just when I was thinking there must have been a new editor at the Echo, we get this. There was a one hour hat rick of positive and meaningful Echo reports between 6 am and 7 am this morning - is this a record! The previous few stories were also decent ones. With so much going on in the transfer window, the rumour mill going off the scale, Saints getting their first win under Ronko, drawing Arsenal in the next round of the cup and an important match against the Hammers looming, why fill your space with stories about our recent past players. I could understand if there was nothing else to report or if you did a profile on our iconic, long serving, past players like my favourites Terry Paine and Ron Davies (sorry to sound repetitive) but not on someone who's only played a few hours of EPL footy.
[quote][p][bold]guernseysaint[/bold] wrote: Could have been the centre back we are looking for if we'd kept him. Seems to be doing a good job for Arsenal. Out of all the sales I wonder whether he would of stayed with a bit more persuasion. Anyway - onward and upward. When our new side gels it could be better than last years. No more news about ex-saints please Echo.[/p][/quote]I agree. Just when I was thinking there must have been a new editor at the Echo, we get this. There was a one hour hat rick of positive and meaningful Echo reports between 6 am and 7 am this morning - is this a record! The previous few stories were also decent ones. With so much going on in the transfer window, the rumour mill going off the scale, Saints getting their first win under Ronko, drawing Arsenal in the next round of the cup and an important match against the Hammers looming, why fill your space with stories about our recent past players. I could understand if there was nothing else to report or if you did a profile on our iconic, long serving, past players like my favourites Terry Paine and Ron Davies (sorry to sound repetitive) but not on someone who's only played a few hours of EPL footy. nomorerumours
  • Score: 1

10:42am Thu 28 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

The boards biggest mistake has been selling Chambers, we had no need to nor did we need the money.

We should have told him to stay and honor his contract as we have with Morgan & J-Rod etc.

We could all see Calum growing into the CB we need during this season so it was madness to sell him straight after selling Lovren, especially at only £16m was far to cheap.

If we had just kept him one more season and his England call-up he would be worth 2 or 3 times that.

After this transfer window closes we really do need an explanation from the directors as why they decided to sell him and each of the others.

Concentrate on signing the remaining 4 quality players by Monday Les & Ralph, then please give us an explanation next week.
The boards biggest mistake has been selling Chambers, we had no need to nor did we need the money. We should have told him to stay and honor his contract as we have with Morgan & J-Rod etc. We could all see Calum growing into the CB we need during this season so it was madness to sell him straight after selling Lovren, especially at only £16m was far to cheap. If we had just kept him one more season and his England call-up he would be worth 2 or 3 times that. After this transfer window closes we really do need an explanation from the directors as why they decided to sell him and each of the others. Concentrate on signing the remaining 4 quality players by Monday Les & Ralph, then please give us an explanation next week. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 6

11:30am Thu 28 Aug 14

george chivers says...

Dave Juson wrote:
While being unhappy Calum is no among us, his progress is a tremendous feather in the cap for the "Southampton way". Hopefully the Academy is being is well managed now as it was when Huw Jennings and his successor Matt Crocker were running it, and continues to be as innovative.
Jennings is now at Fulham, with several other youth coaches formerly with the Saints. It would be interesting to know why the system he did so much to help develop at Southampton has proved so much more successful than most of the rest in England.
I cannot imagine the Echo ever looking into the story.
Why did Jennings leave Saints when he was so successful? We seem to have a high turnover of staff in the Academy. Three more this year. Dodd, Williams, Murty. There must be a risk the bubble will burst?

Fulham are playing lots of kids and struggling at the moment. No doubt they will improve.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Juson[/bold] wrote: While being unhappy Calum is no among us, his progress is a tremendous feather in the cap for the "Southampton way". Hopefully the Academy is being is well managed now as it was when Huw Jennings and his successor Matt Crocker were running it, and continues to be as innovative. Jennings is now at Fulham, with several other youth coaches formerly with the Saints. It would be interesting to know why the system he did so much to help develop at Southampton has proved so much more successful than most of the rest in England. I cannot imagine the Echo ever looking into the story.[/p][/quote]Why did Jennings leave Saints when he was so successful? We seem to have a high turnover of staff in the Academy. Three more this year. Dodd, Williams, Murty. There must be a risk the bubble will burst? Fulham are playing lots of kids and struggling at the moment. No doubt they will improve. george chivers
  • Score: 1

11:43am Thu 28 Aug 14

jamesthesaint says...

warrens 76 wrote:
Well a'int that just dandy.
....move on echo, the fans have, you're behaving like a love sick teenager after being jilted :)
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: Well a'int that just dandy.[/p][/quote]....move on echo, the fans have, you're behaving like a love sick teenager after being jilted :) jamesthesaint
  • Score: 1

11:43am Thu 28 Aug 14

Bazultra says...

Should of been in the England squad for the world cup along with JWP and Clyne. Of course now hes at Arsenal he gets the nod. England are a joke I couldnt give a flying fook. COYR
Should of been in the England squad for the world cup along with JWP and Clyne. Of course now hes at Arsenal he gets the nod. England are a joke I couldnt give a flying fook. COYR Bazultra
  • Score: 1
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