Gary Neville warns «non-committal» Ben Chilwell that «there are no hiding places at a big club» and urges him to build «confidence» by «staying fit for a long time» as he makes his first start for Chelsea in four months.

Ben Chilwell must rebuild «trust» with Chelsea and England by staying fit «for a long time» after being handed his first start for the Blues in four months.

The left-back has been plagued by injury and his stock has fallen.

But with Chilwell restored to the squad for Chelsea’s must-win Carabao Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night, Chilwell was challenged by Gary Neville on what must happen now in the build-up to Euro 2024 this summer.

«Whenever I watch Ben Chilwell play, you always feel like you’re waiting for an injury,» Neville told Sky Sports.

“He looks a little thoughtful and a little hesitant. He needs to get to the point at Chelsea where you need reliability and consistency from your defenders. You can’t always talk about when players will return.

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“He needs to try – and it sounds like the easiest thing in the world – to stay fit longer. Mauricio Pochettino needs to build the team and above all the back four.»

Full-back has been a real problem area for Pochettino and Chelsea, with Reece James also suffering a number of injuries.

«It’s a huge problem for Chelsea that James is Chilwell, we keep talking about them. They never seem to get them on the pitch,» Neville added.

«If that happens, it will make Mauricio Pochettino’s job a lot easier.

“There are no hiding places in a big club with big expectations. For Ben Chilwell, we know he can play for England, we know he can play at a high level, we know he has great quality up front. It’s about making sure he builds confidence when he’s injured.

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«I just hope mentally that Ben Chilwell is OK to the point where he doesn’t go on the pitch thinking, ‘Am I going to get hurt?’ It’s a terrible feeling and I feel for him in that sense.»

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