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England elevation helped by Terriers – Chilwell

8th April 2019, 14:59 by Neil Foster

Leicester City's Ben Chilwell believes his transformation into an England star was helped by a loan spell at Huddersfield Town.

Having come up through the Foxes' youth teams, the 22-year-old penned professional terms in 2015, making his first-team debut in October that year as Leicester lost to Hull City on penalties in the League Cup.

However, the Milton Keynes-born left-back was unable to nail down regular starting berth and was sent out on loan to the John Smith's Stadium between November 2015 and January 2016.

He made eight appearances for the Terriers before returning to the King Power Stadium and is now a regular in the starting XI for the East Midlanders.

Six England caps have followed and Chilwell is adamant that his short stint in West Yorkshire turned him into the player he is today.

"Before I went to Huddersfield Town, I was more of just a young boy training with the Leicester City first team, coming off the bench every now and again," he told Leicester's match day programme.

"When I came back to Leicester, I'd played in the Championship and done really well, so I was coming back as more of a first team player trying to stake my claim."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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