Despite the majority of Chelsea’s Spanish contingent missing out Chelsea FC has the joint second best representation in the FIFA World Cup 2018 for a Premier League club with fourteen players. Let’s have a look at all 14 players representing the ‘Blues’ at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Belgium: Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi (Loaned to Borussia Dortmund)
Three more Blues on the plane to Russia: Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard included in Belgium’s World Cup squadhttps://t.co/FoJubFsFj0
— Chelsea Live (@chelsea90live) May 21, 2018
WAGNH Michy Batshuayi makes Belgium World Cup squad https://t.co/aDVCYxs9Xy
— CFC News Feed (@cfcnewsfeed) June 4, 2018
The Belgian Red Devils have three Blues’ in their contingent. Eden Hazard is Belgium’s most important player and Manager Roberto Martinez Would depend on the Chelsea man to create some magic in the Final Third. Thibaut Courtois is the first choice keeper for both Country and Club. Michy Batshuayi has been a revelation for Borussia Dortmund and very well could be Belgium’s dark horse.
England: Gary Cahil and Ruben Lotus-Cheek (Loaned to Crystal Palace)
England head to Russia on a high – England’s final World Cup warm-up match ended in victory with Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved for the Three Lions. https://t.co/GwV8LvOi9A
— Chelsea Fans (@WeAreChelsea_FC) June 7, 2018
Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are at opposite ends of the spectrum career-wise. Cahill is an experienced 32-year-old Centre-Back with 60 caps for England and Loftus-Cheek is a 22-year-old Midfielder with 4 caps for England. It’ll be interesting to see how Gareth Southgate utilizes the two players.
France: N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud
Congratulations to N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud on their call up to the France squad for the World Cup this summer. 👏 pic.twitter.com/ucxoRKdTvD
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) May 18, 2018
N’Golo Kante’s story has been a special one from playing in the Ligue 2 in 2015 to a two-time Premier League Champions and an assured starter for Club and Country. Despite France having a plethora of Strikers Olivier Giroud has been a regular starter for France.
Spain: Cesar Azpilicueta
A young Cesar Azpilicueta, what a bargain he turned out to be for Chelsea back in 2012. pic.twitter.com/eLjcXgM9X3
— WorldWideChels (@WorldWideChels) June 3, 2018
Centre-Back, Left-Back and a Right-Back, Chelsea’s Mr. Consistent is truly a versatile Defender and can play anywhere across the backline.
Nigeria: Kenneth Omerou ( Loaned to Kasımpaşa) and Victor Moses</strong
Victor Moses | Nigeria 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/9DTkIQnsc8
— IL (@ILuski_) June 5, 2018
Kenneth Omeruo – proper loan merchant.
38 caps for Nigeria but he’s yet to play for Chelsea.
Signed a new contract with Chelsea in Aug 2017, so he’ll probably keep getting loaned out to random Turkish teams. pic.twitter.com/XUnc0tb0dJ
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) June 3, 2018
Kenneth Omerou hasn’t made a single appearance for the West London Club and considering the size of Chelsea’s loan Army, the Nigerian may have to wait for a few seasons, but he’s on the plane to Russia! Victor Moses has been a revelation at Right Wing-Back and will be a key player for Nigeria.
“I am living the best moment in my career. My teammates voted me the best player at Chelsea, and now I’m here to help the Seleção. I feel important.” pic.twitter.com/0QoSFuo6rq
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 6, 2018
Willian has been consistently good for Chelsea even during their dismal 2015/16 campaign. The Brazilian has been lively on the wings and has earned a well-deserved call-up for Brazil.
Denmark: Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen this season:
40 games ✅
15 clean sheets ✔
0 yellow cards 👍
FA Cup 🏆
World Cup call-up 🇩🇰
Chelsea Young Player of the Year 🔵
One of the best young defenders in the world. pic.twitter.com/zHoyfAWgH1
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) June 4, 2018
After his breakthrough Season at Chelsea Andreas Christensen is all set to turn some heads in Russia. He’s calm, composed and is very good on the ball, reminds me of a certain Chelsea Centre-Back, name starts with… JT, I don’t want to jinx it.
Argentina: Willy Caballero
Congratulations to Willy Caballero who has been included in the Argentina squad for the World Cup. 👏 pic.twitter.com/CCOFBxoFM8
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) May 22, 2018
The experienced Goalkeeper played a key role in Chelsea’s FA Cup Semi-Final keeping a clean sheet to put Chelsea in the Final. The Argentine is all set to become Argentina’s first choice Goalkeeper considering Sergio Romero has been ruled out.