Nathaniel Chalobah is one of three England U21 internationals who have been training with the senior side. The versatile Chelsea midfielder joined Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond on Tuesday (8 November) as Gareth Southgate's side continued preparations for their latest 2018 Group F World Cup qualifying tie against old rivals Scotland at Wembley.
Chalobah, a veteran of England's youth set-up who has made over 80 appearances for his country from U16 level but is yet to win a full cap, wasted little time in making an impression and proved his quality by beating Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton all ends up with a stunning half-volley.
Chalobah was a regular fixture for Southgate during his tenure as U21 coach and recently helped England to clinch qualification for next summer's Uefa European Championship under U20 boss Aidy Boothroyd, who has temporarily stepped into the breach while his predecessor continues a four-match audition to become Sam Allardyce's permanent replacement.
The Young Lions, who thrashed Bosnia and Herzegovina in Walsall last month after Chelsea's prolific Bristol City loanee Tammy Abraham continued his excellent run of scoring form by bagging a brace on his full debut, topped their qualification group for Poland after registering six wins from eight matches. They entertain Italy at St Mary's on Thursday (10 November) before travelling to the Stade Robert Bobin in Bondoufle four days later for a meeting with France.
As for the senior team, Southgate was yesterday forced to make two changes to his squad with Sunderland's Jordan Pickford and West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell drafted in to replace injured duo Fraser Forster and Danny Drinkwater. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, meanwhile, has called up Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew as defensive cover, with club teammate Gordon Greer said to have suffered a knock.
Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday, Harry Kane stressed the need for England to keep calm heads in their first meeting with Scotland since a pair of friendly victories in 2013 and 2014.
"We have to use the atmosphere to our advantage," the Tottenham Hotspur striker was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "We have to use all the positive energy and that passion to win the game. We know the Scottish players, we have Scottish friends who will make it heard if they beat us, so we obviously don't want that and we'll do all we can to try to win the game. There are going a lot of heated moments and tackles flying in, but we've got to keep cool and keep focused."