Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has sent a defiant message to teammate Mateo Kovacic over their Euro 2020 meeting today.
The two Chelsea players will square off at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as both England and Croatia get their respective campaigns underway.
Having won the Champions League together whilst at Stamford Bridge this season, it will of course be a special moment for the two being reunited again.
However, Chilwell has revealed that his club relationships are set to go out of the window ahead of kick-off.
Talking to UEFA, the 24-year-old defender said: “I spoke to him after the Champions League final and before when we were at Chelsea and we spoke a lot. Just jokes really. Obviously now it’s getting a bit closer to the occasion, it’s a lot more serious.
“Obviously I’ve played against Kova before but not when we’ve been friends and teammates. Obviously Mason [Mount], Reece [James] as well.
“Yeah it will be good to see him but we’re not going to be friendly until after the final whistle goes.”
It remains to be seen whether Chilwell will be included in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up for the game.
Regardless, the former Leicester man will hope to add to his memories against Croatia having been afforded his international debut against the same opposition.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“Of course I remember the Croatia game away for my debut because that was my full debut for England,” he continued. “Unfortunately there weren’t any fans there. To make my full debut for England was of course a day I will never forget.
“And then the Nations League game at Wembley, a dramatic game, a full stadium at Wembley and we get the winner in the last minute to take us through to the finals again is a very special game for me and for English football.
“Two great games to be involved in and hopefully another good game on Sunday.”