Chilwell reacts to Croatia draw and playing in an empty stadium

Date published: Friday 12th October 2018 10:14

Ben Chilwell has explained what it was like to play in an empty stadium as England drew 0-0 with Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.

After a terrible first half, the Three Lions took control of the match with Harry Kane hitting the bar and Marcus Rashford having two close-range efforts saved.

“It is a massive day for myself and my family, it was about having a good game and doing well for the team,” Chilwell told Sky Sports.

“You like your family to be here but I am sure they are all watching it on TV. That is part of the game, we have to get on with it.

“It was strange, when you step out and sing the national anthem in an empty stadium. We were all aware it would be a weird environment. You have to sign the anthem, no matter how bad you are.

“There are a lot of big characters in the changing room which I wanted to play with.

“The competition for places is stiff but that is something you have to get used to in England, you will not have a free ride in any position. You have to play well for the clubs then the national team.

“In defence it was four at the back, then a five when he had the ball. We did well on the ball and it was tough in the lat 20 minutes. It was a good performance, we were brave and wanted to get on the ball.”

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