Here’s your report for the Blues out on international duty across the globe. Most of the sides played three games over the international break which meant plenty of action for current Chelsea players and on-loan Chelsea players. Let’s get right into it-
England were in action against the Republic of Ireland as the Three Lions picked up a routine 3-0 win. Reece James and Mason Mount both started and put in decent displays with competition for places stronger than ever in the England camp. Reece James, again, showed his presence in the England back line and is very much in the running to be England’s first choice right-back in the future. Mason Mount had another all-round great performance, coming off the back of a goal in England’s last outing against Belgium. Tammy Abraham featured in a 27-minute cameo as well. The Three Lions were in action again on Sunday as they played Belgium once again and were on losing side this time round, losing 2-0 in spite of an encouraging performance. Mount played just over 70 minutes, Ben Chilwell went off with a back problem in the first half, which raised concerns among Chelsea supporters as their side face Newcastle on Saturday. On Wednesday, England faced Iceland and Mason Mount expertly found the net as he scored in back-to-back home UEFA Nation League games for England as the Three Lions eased to a 4-0 victory.
Callum Hudson Odoi scored and assisted for England for the U-21 side with a 3-1 victory over Andorra. The U-21 side which also featured fellow loanee Conor Gallagher. They also featured against Albania on Tuesday and Hudson-Odoi was on target in the opening 5 minutes.
Billy Gilmour got some minutes for Scotland after his comeback from injury. However, he was harshly sent-off for a rather soft challenge.
Andreas Christensen played the 90 minutes for Denmark against Iceland and Belgium after not featuring in their 2-0 victory over Sweden.
Staying in Europe and Timo Werner was on target twice for Germany as they breezed past Ukraine in a 3-1 victory, taking his tally to 16 goals and four assists in 17 appearances for club and country this season; Antonio Rüdiger played the 90 minutes. Rüdiger kept a clean sheet in Germany’s previous match a few days ago against Czech Republic in a 1-0 victory (Werner didn’t feature). Havertz wasn’t on international duty after testing positive for COVID-19; he’s having a speedy and swift recovery and will be back in contention for the Blues soon. Germany were in action again against 2008 Euro and 2010 World Cup winners Spain, where Germany were humiliated 6-0 with Ferran Torres bagging a treble.
Olivier Giroud featured as France lost their first game in a shock home defeat to Finland. The World champions were in action again on Saturday where Kante scored only his second-ever goal for France as they beat Portugal 1-0. Giroud and Kante started again on Tuesday against Sweden when France won 4-2 with Giroud bagging a brace which means he’s now only seven goals shy from becoming Les Bleus’ all-time top goal scorer. Kurt Zouma played the whole 90 minutes against Finland, came on as a substitute against Sweden and didn’t feature against Portugal.
Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi bagged himself a brace against Switzerland for Belgium as the Red Devils came back from a goal down to win 2-1.
Mateo Kovacic didn’t feature in Croatia’s 2-1 defeat to Sweden due to a knock he picked up for Chelsea against Sheffield United. However, he was in action again on Tuesday against Portugal where he bagged himself a brace for the first time in his international career.
Italy had a handful of games which featured both Emerson and Jorginho, who both contributed with a clean sheet for the former and another penalty for the latter. They both started in their side’s 2-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina as well
Over in Africa, Edouard Mendy kept another clean sheet for in a 2-0 victory for Senegal against Guinea Bissau. They played each other again on Sunday with Mendy once again keeping the door shut for his side, making it back-to-back clean sheets for the Chelsea goalkeeper.
In the north of Africa, Hakim Ziyech continued his magical form as he scored a brace for Morocco against Central African Republic at home. On Tuesday, Morocco were playing away again in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers where Ziyech was on target again in a 2-0 win, proving another assist. He now has 10 goal contributions in his last 5 appearances for club and country.
Thiago Silva was at the heart of the Brazil defence which won 1-0 against Venezuela. Silva started on Tuesday against Uruguay and once again proved why he’s still one of the best center-backs around keeping another clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Uruguay.
Among other loanees, Matt Miazga featured for the USA, Marc Guehi was on duty for the England U-21’s while Ethan Ampadu played all three games for Wales.