It’s been quite an exciting international break for the Chelsea players on duty with their respective countries. More positives than negatives for the Chelsea players who have received a lot of game time over the break ahead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Reece James was called up by Gareth Southgate from the u21s last week to feature for England, he made his debut against Wales in a 3-0 victory. James was initially meant to go back to the u21 squad but Southgate insisted he stayed with the England first team, after he impressed coming on for TAA against the number one ranked side in the world Belgium in a 2-1 victory.
Reece James made his first England start against Denmark where he was superb, however he was sent off after the final whistle for foul language towards the ref as England lost to Denmark in a poor night for the three lions. However, I don’t think that should overshadow his performance. England and Chelsea have a serious player in RJ.
Mason Mount was quite a stand out for England over the international period, was written off by fans before the Belgium game, fans cried out for Jack Grealish to start ahead of Mount, but as Mason Mount has always done, has proven people wrong on his journey to the top, he went on to score the winning goal for England in a crucial Nations League qualifier against Belgium and was named Man of the Match.
Moving onto Chelsea’s new German starlets Timo Werner and Kai Havertz they both shined for Germany with both players contributing a goal and assist each in their 3-3 draw against Switzerland. Kai Havertz now has 30 goals/assists in 31 games in 2020, he’s only two behind Cristiano Ronaldo who has 32 in 2020, generational stuff from our German sensation.
Oliver Giroud and N’golo Kante impressed for France, Giroud became France’s second all time top scorer just 10 behind Thierry Henry’s record of 51 goals.
Kante also impressed for France however wasn’t risked in their win over Croatia on Wednesday due to a tight muscle problem, however he hasn’t been ruled out for Chelsea’s upcoming game on Saturday.
Both Jorginho and Emerson featured for Italy over the break, Jorginho played in both games against Poland and Holland, Emerson kept a clean sheet in the game against Poland, both games ended in draws for Mancini’s men.
Thiago Silva played for Brazil, however sets to be in a race against time to be fit for the game against Southampton on Saturday as he has to travel back to London from South America.
Andreas Christensen kept a clean sheet against England at Wembley as he looks to rebuild his confidence to get back into Lampard’s side.
Lastly, Chelsea’s player of the year of last season Mateo Kovacic featured as a starter against Sweden in a 2-1 victory and a sub in a defeat to France.
That’s the international break over until next months internationals, the blues are back in action on Saturday at 3pm at St Mary’s against Southampton.