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.
Chelsea travel to Spain this week to take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, where they will face one of their former strikers, Fernando Torres. Comparisons between Morata and Fernando Torres are inevitable. Torres arrived in January 2011 after he submitted a transfer request.
Despite the negative hype in the press, Fernando Torres’ stats during his subsequent time at Chelsea were pretty good. Even though he never reached the so-called heights we are led to believe he achieved at Liverpool, Torres did more at Chelsea than he is given credit for.
Chelsea return to the Champions League to face an opponent for the first time in club history. Qarabag FK will be an enigmatic side in their first trip to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea took advantage of their year away from the Champions League, concentrating on domestic matters to win the Premier League. As England’s top league is one of the highest ranking in Europe, Chelsea were one of the seeded teams. This, theoretically, gave them an easier passage through the group stages.
Tammy Abraham is embarking on his first season in the Premier League, but a major career decision lies ahead. Nigeria hope he will play for the Super Eagles in international competition instead of the Three Lions.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is on a season-long loan at Swansea City, and is being targeted by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) as a potential new recruit. The London-born striker has played for England up to the U-21’s, but would qualify to play for Nigeria through his father.
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.
Nearly 15 years after Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea, opposing fans and pundits still cannot accept the Blues’ success. Yet when any other club splashes a billionaire’s cash, they are lauded for their ambition.
Everton get a new owner who comes in, spends a shed load of money and suddenly they become the greatest thing since sliced bread. They have very quickly become the current media darlings of English football, taking the mantle from fellow scousers, Liverpool FC.