MK-born Ben Chilwell scores first England goal as Three Lions beat Andorra

Milton Keynes born Ben Chilwell struck his first goal for the full England national team as they beat Andorra on Saturday (09/10) night.

Chilwell in action for the England U19s team in 2015. © S. Plaine / CC-BY-SA-4.0

The MK-born Chelsea full-back scored England’s opening goal in a World Cup qualifier away in Andorra, helping England on their way to a 5-0 win that pushes them one step closer to next year’s finals in Qatar. His first England goal came in his 15th England cap.

The 24-year-old scored a 17th minute goal at the end of a move involving Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho, though it was only given after a lengthy VAR review.

Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish scored England’s other goals in the victory.

After the game, Chilwell Tweeted, “Great win and my first goal for @England, amazing feeling!”

Chilwell is the first person from Milton Keynes to score for the England’s men team since Dele Alli. The Spurs midfielder and former MK Dons star has scored 3 times for England in 37 caps, with his goals coming in a friendly against France in 2015, a World Cup qualifier against Malta a year later, and most famously in a World Cup quarter final against Sweden during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The full-back played for the Woburn Lions junior team as a child, before joining first Rushden & Diamonds and later Leicester at academy level. He made a first team debut for Leicester City in the 2015-16 season, and moved from Leicester to Chelsea in 2020 for an undisclosed fee. Chilwell was a part of England’s squad at the European Championships over the summer but did not make an appearance.

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