The sole international break before the 2022 World Cup, which is expected to take place later this year in Qatar and include 32 nations competing for the title of world champion, would be allowed by pausing club football for two weeks.
Numerous players have been called up to their national team to play for their country in international friendly matches, with the majority of the top Premier League players receiving invitations to represent their nation.
The 2022–23 football season hasn’t started off well for Chelsea, which led to Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal. However, among Premier League clubs, Chelsea players are among the most frequently called up for their national teams, giving new manager Graham Potter a few more players to work with in the Chelsea training facility until other players return after the international break.
Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling, Hakim Ziyech, Denis Zakaria, and Armando Broja are some of the Chelsea players whose national teams called them for international duty.
Meanwhile, some other Chelsea players would remain at the club, after they missed out on been called by their national team sides.
In this article, we will be writing of the seven Chelsea players who weren’t called by their national team for international duties.
1. Kepa Arrizabalaga
After a dreadful last three seasons that saw him slip to Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper due to Edouard Mendy’s good showing for the club, the former number one goalie for Spain lost his spot in the national squad.
Kepa started Chelsea’s most recent match against Salzburg because Edouard Mendy was unable to play due to injury. He will now try to win over Chelsea’s new coach during the international break.
2. Marc Cucurella
The summer’s new Chelsea arrival, who came from Brighton, has had a strong start to life in west London. With Graham Potter, who was his Brighton coach, reuniting with him at Chelsea, he may start a lot of Chelsea games going forward.
For the international break, he was not called up by the manager of the Spanish national team.
3. N’Golo Kante
Kante was left out of the French national team squad, as he continues to struggle with reoccurring injuries.
4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
The Chelsea midfieder played a major part of the England’s 2018 World Cup tournament, but might not get that chance in the upcoming world cup, as he is yet to regain that form that he showed years back, before his long term injury.
5. Marcus Bettinelli
As long as Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy are healthy, the 30-year-old Marcus Bettinelli serves as a backup and has no chance of starting before either of them. He was not selected for international duty and will stay at Chelsea to train until the league games resumed.
6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang signed for Chelsea from Barcelona in the just concluded transfer window, he started Graham Potter’s first game as the manager of chelsea, and could become a really important player this season, but faces competition from Armando Broja.
7. Trevoh Chalobah
The young defender broke into the Chelsea first team squad last season, after his impressive pre-season under Thomas Tuchel, but he has start slowly this season, only playing one out of Chelsea’s first seven games.
Chalobah would hope to impress the new Chelsea manager, so as to get more game time in the team.
Who among these players deserves to start Chelsea’s next game against Crystal Palace?
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