Wembley home advantage ‘massive’ for England in bid for Euros glory this summer, says Ben Chilwell

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Wembley home advantage ‘massive’ for England in bid for Euros glory this summer, says Ben Chilwell
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Ben Chilwell claims the Wembley factor can fire England to glory at the Euros.

And the Chelsea defender believes the Three Lions will unite the nation as they bid to rekindle the spirit of 2018, when Gareth Southgate’s team rode the crest of a wave to the World Cup semi-finals.

England kick off their campaign against Croatia on Sunday in front 22,500 fans at the national stadium.

Chilwell is dreaming of returning to Wembley for the final on July 11 and insists that home advantage could make all the difference.

“I’m excited for what we can achieve,” he said. “I’m excited because most of our games are in England. The final is in England and we so badly want to get there.

“To get to the final and play at Wembley in a major tournament would be amazing.

“The three group games all being at Wembley is massive. The fact now fans are allowed in the stadiums after what has been a very difficult year and a half, it could be a very exciting summer and hopefully bring a lot of pride and joy and happiness to the country.”

Chilwell witnessed the scenes back home as a fan when England reached the semis in Russia three years ago.

He is convinced that, as the nation emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, the Three Lions can have a major impact on the country’s recovery.

He said: “I think the biggest thing for me was just seeing how much the whole country came together. That was the first time I’d seen what football can do to a country. I was in England for the first [game] up until the semi-finals. All the group games, round-of-16 and the quarters, I was at the pubs, I was seeing first-hand what it was doing to the country.

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“I think it is going to be a nice thing for me coming into this in this country because I saw first-hand what the 2018 World Cup did for the country and how much it brought everyone together.

“It has given me that little bit more motivation. We want to be even more successful this time after what has been a difficult year. If we can have a very successful tournament, what it’s going to do for the country is going to be amazing.”

Chilwell has already tasted triumph this season after winning the Champions League with Chelsea. And his club-mate, Reece James, believes that experience will boost England’s chances.

“We’ve got so many great players and so many players that have won titles and won many major honours,” said James.

“I think we definitely have a good enough team to go all the way in this tournament and I don’t see why we can’t.”

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