Leo happy with England call-up

Leo Chambers is targeting more success after being named in the England Under-17 squad for the Algarve Tournament in Portugal.

The West Ham United Academy defender has been a regular for his country over the last few seasons, winning the Victory Shield as an U16 before helping England to win the FA International Tournament against strong opposition in August 2011.

The prestigious Algarve Tournament sees England drawn against host nation Portugal, Netherlands and France, with the competition taking place in early February.

"I'm looking forward to it," Chambers told whufc.com "I'm glad I've been called up and I'm hoping that both myself and the team can do well.

"I played in the summer when we played against Portugal, Czech Republic and Italy and we won that tournament did really well.

"We have got a very strong squad and lots of depth so hopefully we can do well in the Algarve Tournament as well."

Chambers has made his mark at club level too this season, appearing 17 times in all competitions for the U18s and on four occasions for Ian Hendon's development squad.

As the 16-year-old continues his development, he has also appeared at right-back in training, but believes his future lies at the heart of the defence.

Despite his achievements, Chambers also freely admits he needs to find a greater level of consistency in his game, having not enjoyed the best of night's in the 4-1 FA Youth Cup fourth-round win over Brighton and Hove Albion - a sure sign of his maturity at such a tender age.

"I'm getting on. All the boys have done well. The league is quite tight and I don't think there are many points between the top five or six clubs. Hopefully we can do well in the league and the Youth Cup.

"I did have a poor game aganist Brighton and I need to bounce back from that. I think I needed that, to be honest, because I need to know where I am standing as a player. The pressure got to me and I need to bounce back.

"Nick has spoken to me about playing right-back and has said I can play there. He also knows I can play centre-back and I'm just hoping to develop as a player. I see myself as a centre-half though."