Ben Chilwell says the Champions League ultimate has made Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis gamers nearer slightly than created any awkwardness within the England camp.
The perimeters went toe to toe in Porto only a week and a half in the past, with Kai Havertz’s effort sufficient to seal a 1-0 victory in opposition to the Premier League champions.
Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount produced spectacular performances in Chelsea’s triumph in opposition to a Metropolis facet that includes Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.
The gamers have gone from rivals to team-mates as England gear up for Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener in opposition to Croatia, with Chilwell saying there was no hangover from the lead to Portugal.
“It wasn’t awkward within the slightest,” the left-back mentioned. “If something, and it is fairly bizarre to say, it is truly introduced us nearer.
“To share a Champions League ultimate, though they have been on the shedding facet, we come right here and it wasn’t awkward.
“Like I mentioned, it is in all probability introduced us a bit nearer as a result of to share that have, such an enormous sport in all of our careers, it may be good for us, put us in good stead going into this event, enjoying in a giant sport like that.
“It could actually solely be a constructive in a event like this.”
Requested if that they had spoken in regards to the Champions League ultimate, Chilwell mentioned: “Not likely. Just a few jokes with the Metropolis boys! They’ve instigated them.
“I do not actually wish to say an excessive amount of about that! However, yeah, probably not an excessive amount of has been mentioned. Just a few issues however all in light-hearted methods.”
Chilwell says he has nearly come right down to earth after profitable the Champions League, with wild celebrations adopted by a tranquil pre-Euros break at his mum’s home.
“To go dwelling, stroll the canine, go watch the native cricket video games, it was good,” he mentioned.
“I have never performed cricket for some time so to get dwelling and go and watch the staff that I used to play for – Flitwick – was fairly good.
“I simply went and sat on the facet with my canine. And watched Flitwick in opposition to Ampthill.”
That break has the 24-year-old feeling refreshed and able to battle for the left-back berth with Luke Shaw.
“We get on rather well,” mentioned Chilwell. “In fact, there might be competitors for locations in each place.
“It’s a very robust England squad with numerous superb gamers and I’ve mentioned it earlier than with me and Marcos (Alonso) at Chelsea.
“I’ve had it with Christian Fuchs at Leicester for 2 or so years, and in each instances it made me a greater participant.
“If you end up combating on your shirt day by day in coaching, it improves you as a participant and Luke may have the identical mindset for those who requested him.
“And if that’s the identical all around the pitch with two or three gamers combating for one shirt, after all there are solely 11 shirts and other people determined to play the primary sport in opposition to Croatia.
“We’ve got every week’s coaching now and it is going to be a really aggressive week’s coaching the place everybody goes to wish to push one another.
“There are just a few gamers that may play out of a really robust squad so going again to mine and Luke’s state of affairs, we get on very properly and are excited.
“In a bizarre method it’s fairly enjoyable pushing one another and coaching to get higher and whoever performs on the day will give their finest and the opposite participant might be very supportive.”
Chilwell would like to be the left-back known as upon in opposition to Croatia on Sunday, when England will step out at a significant event on dwelling soil for the primary time in 25 years.
“A ultimate in Wembley, in your house nation,” he mentioned.
“With probably followers again within the stadium, hopefully, after what’s been a tough yr for the entire nation – there’s not rather more motivation than that to offer everybody a little bit of happiness and satisfaction this summer season.”