Chelsea star joins England first-team training ahead of Euro 2024 qualifiers


Bukayo Saka of England controls the ball under pressure from Levi Colwill of England during a training session at St George's Park on June 12, 2023 in Burton upon Trent, England.

Young Chelsea star Levi Colwill is training with the England first-team ahead of the latest round of Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Colwill had been training with the Three Lions’ U21 side in preparation for this summer’s Under-21 European Championships and is set to return to them when his stint with the first-team is done.

But he could yet feature for Gareth Southgate’s side this weekend as they travel to Malta on Friday and host North Macedonia on Monday.

The 20-year-old has not formally been called up to the senior team but is rather taking the place of Brighton captain Lewis Dunk who has been forced to withdraw from international duty with injury.

Southgate still has four other top centre-backs at his disposal for the upcoming fixtures, namely John Stones, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings and Marc Guehi.

Midfielder Jude Bellingham, who is set to move from Dortmund to Real Madrid this summer, has also withdrawn with a knee problem.

Colwill is one of only two Chelsea players in the current England training camp alongside midfielder Conor Gallagher.

He is being rewarded for an excellent campaign on loan at Brighton where he helped the Seagulls qualify for Europe for the first time in their history.

It is unclear where he will playing next season however, with new Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino keen to give him a chance at Stamford Bridge.

Though the Blues have a number of centre-backs among their ranks, Colwill and Benoit Badiashile are the only natural left-sided ones and the club are keen not to lose yet another young and promising defender, having recently sold the likes of Guehi and Fikayo Tomori for way under their market value.

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