Recent years have seen a number of English players at Chelsea picked for the national squad. Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Joe Cole and Gary Cahill have all appeared for their country.
Peter Osgood: 4 caps
Peter Osgood never had the chance to reach his full potential as an international footballer. Playing in the 1960s and 70s in an area of London that personified the ‘swinging sixties’, Ossie – as he was affectionately nicknamed – along with some of his teammates, would have found themselves very much the centre of attention.
Following on from the recent article outlining why Gary Cahill doesn’t deserve to be continually battered on social media, there was to be an article to follow defending Willian. In the words of Michael Jackson, this is it. My argument for not giving our Captain clog, is that during his time at the club, he deserves more respect. There`s no need to ‘hate-on’ our own players.
The same goes for Willian, he may be struggling for form at the moment, but two season’s ago during Jose Mourinho’s ‘annus horribilis’ he was the stand out player by far. I was following today’s game on Twitter, my timeline was filled with ‘Willian’ bile. The guy is out of form, like today’s defeat, it happens.
Chelsea`s season continues to flourish after all the doubts from August, that now turn to optimism, as the team continue build after that initial Burnley defeat. Two players, though, remain in the firing line. First up is Gary Cahill.
Antonio Conte saw fit, at the beginning of the campaign to name Cahill as his captain. The captain has since been on the receiving end of demands to see him remain on the bench rather take up his captain`s role. It`s true he may have instigated his own downfall, by getting himself sent off just 14 minutes into the first game at home to Burnley.
Alvaro Morata has had a whirlwind start to his career at Chelsea. Since joining the club during the summer`s transfer window, the Spaniard has slotted into his striking role better than some of his predecessors, that have worn the fated number nine shirt.
In four Premier League games Morata has scored three goals and contributed two assists. Strangely enough they have all come courtesy of his head. Once he finds his feet, the world will be his and Chelsea`s oyster.
Players from the African continent have made a significant impact in the annals of Chelsea’s history. These six players – representing Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana – lead the way for the Blues.
Three players from Africa – Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Mikel John Obi – played a major part in Chelsea’s famous victory in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
My blog on the boring transfer window. First Published on Caught Offside on 15th June 2017
My blog looking at Antonio Conte dumping Diego Costa by Text. First Published on Vital Chelsea on 14th June 2017
My Blog on the current Diego Costa saga. First Published on CaughtOffisde on 8th June 2017
My Blog defending our Captain, Leader & Legend. First Published on CaughtOffside on 31st May 2017
My Blog about Michy Batshuayi scoring the goal that won the League. First Published on CaughtOffside on 15th May 2017