BEN CHILWELL’S England place is in ‘jeopardy’, according to reports.
The Chelsea full-back limped out of the Three Lions’ 2-0 defeat to Belgium after 38 minutes last weekend with a sore back.
He was subsequently named on England’s bench for the 4-0 victory over Iceland on Wednesday night, with Bukayo Saka impressing at left wing-back.
And after returning to Chelsea training on Friday, he was named in Frank Lampard’s starting XI for Saturday’s lunchtime trip to Newcastle United.
According to the Mail, manager Gareth Southgate was ‘disappointed’ to see Chilwell, 23, leave the field against Belgium.
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And there is a ‘suspicion’ among some in the England staff that the ex-Leicester star could have carried on.
Chilwell has so far earned 11 caps for his country.
But the trip to Brussels was his first Three Lions appearance for a year after suffering with other injuries.
Chilwell sustained a serious foot injury during Leicester’s run-in last season, causing him to miss the conclusion of their ultimately unsuccessful top-four push.
He then completed a £50million move to Chelsea in the summer.
But he was still troubled by the foot issue, missing the Blues’ first three Premier League matches of the season.
Going into the match against Newcastle, Chilwell has made ten appearances for his new club, scoring twice and laying on three assists.
Gareth Southgate touches on Ben Chilwell’s injury