Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell said Manchester City’s loss to the Blues in the Champions League final brought the players closer together after serving in England.
Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game in Porto just over a week and a half ago to deliver the victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side, depriving City of a hat-trick and their first Champions League title .
Those involved quickly had to turn their attention to the European Championships and a number of players have gone from opponents to teammates in the England squad.
Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount were all on the winning side of Chelsea, against a City side that included Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Phil Foden.
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While the result may have had significant ramifications for the England squad and how the seven players would interact, it was not a concern for Gareth Southgate’s side – and instead, it was the opposite has happened.
“It was not at all embarrassing. If anything, and it’s quite strange to say, it actually brought us closer together, ”he said.
“To share a Champions League final, even though they were on the losing side, we come here and it was okay.
“Like I said, it probably brought us together a bit because sharing that experience, such an important game in all of our careers, it’s going to be good for us, put us in a good position for this tournament, play in a big game like that.
“It can only be positive in a tournament like this.”
England’s Euro campaign kicks off against Croatia on Sunday, with the group stages also seeing the Three Lions take on Scotland and the Czech Republic.