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Calling the shots: Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah is the latest player to talk us through a selection of images from his Instagram account.

The midfielder picks out some important moments on the football pitch, as well as treasured memories away from the field of play...


I went to watch the tennis at the O2 recently with my dad, we were courtside and saw the game between Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic. It was a great experience, my first ever tennis match. I love sport in general and to be so close, and to see the pace and power they hit the ball with, was brilliant. You wonder how they manage to hit the ball back when it’s travelling at 140mph, it’s incredible.



This was a very special moment, my debut for Chelsea against Leicester in the EFL Cup. I’d been waiting a long time for that moment and when the gaffer called my name I was excited and nervous, I had a lot of emotions running through me. I’ll always remember that. It was good to come on when the game was still on edge, it was 2-2 at the time and I had to adapt and try to help the team.


I quite like this photo of my dog. Because I was away a lot the lady at my digs looked after my dog. Whenever I went back he was always happy to see me but in this picture he looks upset. I named him Zizou after my favourite player.


This was in the play-off final for Watford in 2013. Unfortunately we lost the game 1-0 to Crystal Palace but it was a memorable day because it was the first time I’d played at Wembley. I had a really good loan spell at Watford. It was incredible working with Gianfranco Zola, he’s a really nice guy and he helped me a lot during the season, I learnt so much from him and I’ll always be grateful for that.


This was when I got the England Youth Player of the Year award in 2013. I think it was voted for by coaches and people at the FA. Jordan Henderson won it for the Under-21s and Steven Gerrard got the senior one. I was really proud to pick up the award having played for England all through the younger age groups.



This one is a picture of myself, Charlie Colkett, Ola Aina, Alex Kiwomya and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. This was two or three years ago, as you can see all the lads are looking young. We’d been given some downtime so I just went to catch up with all the boys from Chelsea. Nowadays when I’m away with England Under-21s I like to spend some time on my own just chilling out but it’s always nice to catch up with my Chelsea team-mates.


This was my first day at the club when I came in to sign. I remember JT was on crutches, I think he had a bad ankle. That was the first time I met him and he was a really nice guy. He remembers this photo because he always tells me how tiny I was. I was only nine at the time. Cameron McGheean is with me in the photo, he played for our Academy before moving to Norwich and now he’s at Luton.