Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is in line to be promoted into the full England set-up by manager Gareth Southgate.
The England manager is a huge fan of the 22-year-old, who left Chelsea in search of regular first team football earlier this summer.
And Sportsmail understands Chalobah is firmly in Southgate's thinking ahead of the new season.
Watford summer signing Nathaniel Chalobah is in line for a call-up to the England squad
Chalobah was part of the young Lions squad who played at the Euro Under 21 championship
It remains to be seen whether the midfielder will receive his first call up for the World Cup qualifying double-header against Malta and Slovakia at the start of September.
But, performances permitting, Chalobah can expect a senior call-up sooner rather than later.
The England manager bemoaned his lack of central midfield options after the 2-2 draw against Scotland in June.
The return to fitness of Jordan Henderson will come as huge boost to Southgate.
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