Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Chelsea defender Levi Colwill and believes he has the quality to become an England regular.
The left-back had a promising loan stint with Brighton & Hove Albion last term and it was sufficient to convince Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino to integrate him into the squad.
Brighton tried to pursue a permanent deal for him, but Pochettino made it clear that he will be a key player in the squad. Colwill went on to sign a new long-term contract at the club.
Since the start of the campaign, Colwill has been a regular in the line-up. He has excelled playing from central defence as well as from the left-back spot ahead of Ben Chilwell.
With Chiwell on the sidelines, the Blues graduate is now set for an extended spell in the position and Ferdinand believes he can be a consistent starter for his country.
He said: “I see him as the England centre-half in waiting because I think he’s got everything.”
“I see him at Brighton, composure, asked to play a different way, adapted straight away. As long as he stays on it, his mindset stays strong, works at his game still, I think he’s got a huge opportunity.”
The Blues have had an indifferent start to the campaign but they were impressive against Fulham on Monday night where they secured a promising 2-0 Premier League win.
The club will be hoping to carry the momentum against Burnley this weekend. Following the international break, they have a huge test on their hands with difficult fixtures.