Get to Know Ben Chilwell

It’s not just the weather that’s getting warmer. Having earned 13 senior England caps and successfully adjusting to a new role on the Blues with Tuchel, Ben Chilwell looks to be on a bit of a hot streak. It’s time U.S. fans get to know this English defenseman better. 

Background & Football History

  • Ben Chilwell was born on December 21, 1996 in Milton Keynes, England. (Currently 24 years old)
  • A current nickname from him is “Chilly.”
  • When young, he played for Rushden & Diamonds Centre of Excellence. Then, at 12 years old, he signed for Leicester City’s youth program. 
  • Chilwell joined Leicester's academy in 2009 and won their Academy Player of the Year award at the end of the 2014–15 season.
  • Chilwell's grandfather, Guy Shuttleworth, was also a footballer, playing for Corinthian-Casuals.

Records & Achievements

  • Chilwell began his professional career at Leicester City on October 27, 2015 at 18 years old.
  • His first-team debut was in the club's League Cup match against Hull City.
  • Chilwell was a key figure in Leicester City’s defense, and he made more than 120 appearances for the club.
  • Chilwell represented England at every age group from the Under-18s up. He made his senior international debut in a friendly held in Leicester against Switzerland in September 2018.
  • At his signing with Chelsea, he was regarded as one of the most established and promising full-backs in the Premier League.

Time With Chelsea

  • Chilwell joined Chelsea FC on August 26, 2020.
  • “Absolutely buzzing to sign for @ChelseaFC. Really exciting time for the club, with such a good squad! … A dream come true. Come on you blues,” said Chilwell on social media after signing with the Blues.
  • He is currently #21 and is as adept at both the attacking and defensive sides of the game.
  • So far this season, Chilwell has 21 Premier League starts and appearances, 2 goals and 4 assists.

Playing Style, Personal Attributes & Fun Facts

  • With a preference for his left-foot, he’s a modern full-back in every sense of the phrase.
  • He likes to attack from left-back, contributing with assists and the occasional goal.
  • Chilwell combines athleticism and energy with excellent technique and patience in the tackle.
  • After training, he enjoys plays chess online and talking to his family.
  • He once played a 4-hour game of chess with Reece James on the way back from a match in Russia.
  • His favorite football players are Messi and, in his position, Ashley Cole.
  • Learn more about Chilwell’s passion for fashion and his keen eye for films in the latest Chelsea Extra Time interview.

Watch Chilwell in Action

Now that you know Ben Chilwell, gear up and support the club with #21 shirts at the Official Chlesea Online Store.


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