The first international break of the year is here, and from Wednesday, various national teams will start playing their games.
A bulk of the Chelsea squad were invited to represent their national teams.
See the list of Chelsea players handed invitation by their respective national teams below:
For Belgium, Thibaut Courtois, Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard were called up for their World Cup qualifier at home to Greece on Saturday and friendly away against Russia next Tuesday. However, Hazard has since withdrawn through injury.
Willian is our only Brazilian player that was called to represent Brazil in their World Cup qualifiers away to Uruguay on Thursday and at home against Paraguay next Tuesday.
For England, Gary Cahill will hope to lead the Three Lions (in the absence of Wayne Rooney) in the friendly game away to Germany on Wednesday. He’d miss the World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania on Sunday due to suspension.
For France, N’Golo Kante was invited for their World Cup qualifier away to Luxembourg on Saturday and friendly at home to Spain next Tuesday.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Diego Costa were called to represent Spain in their World Cup qualifier at home to Israel on Friday and friendly away to France next Tuesday. Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso weren’t handed out call ups.
Kenneth Omeruo will be the only Nigerian from the Chelsea team to play in Nigeria’s friendlies against Senegal on Thursday and Burkina Faso next Monday. Both games will be played in London. Victor Moses will miss the game due to fitness issues.
Asmir Begovic will represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in their World Cup qualifier at home to Gibraltar on Saturday and friendly away against Albania next Tuesday.
Andreas Christensen was called up by Denmark for their World Cup qualifier away to Romania on Sunday.
Nemanja Matic was invited for Serbia’s World Cup qualifier away to Georgia on Friday.
Bertrand Traore was called up for Burkina Faso’s friendlies against Morocco on Friday and Nigeria next Monday.
Czech Republic handed call up to Tomas Kalas – for a Friendly at home to Lithuania on Wednesday and World Cup qualifier away to San Marino on Sunday.
Charly Musonda will feature in the under-21s for Belgium in their friendly away to Malta next Monday.