After Andreas Christensen put in a solid display for Chelsea against Manchester United last Sunday, Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek went on to make their senior team debut for England.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has revealed his delight at how far the trio have come in the past week.
He wrote in the official Chelsea website: “I have to admit it; I really enjoyed watching England against Germany last week, which is a bit of a surprise to be honest. First of all, it was England playing in an international friendly at Wembley and for me, those games are usually more like a form of torture than entertainment. Also, this one was 0-0 but it was still a superb watch and let’s be fair, it could have been 4-4 at half time.
“For all that it was an exciting game, it might not have piqued my interest had Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek not only been in the squad, but also in the starting 11. It was the perfect time to give them their first, full international outings – a friendly yes, but it was against the mighty Germany. It is also preferable to give young players their first starts at home; there is usually a decent chance of getting on the ball more than in your typical away fixture.
“It was pretty positive all round and most importantly for Chelsea, yet another step on the ladder towards our first team for both of them. It does seem odd to say that playing for England in a friendly is a step on the ladder to our first team, but in reality it probably is for these two. If Tammy is going to make the Chelsea no.9 jersey his own, he will have to usurp Alvaro Morata and in case some people hadn’t noticed, Alvaro is quite good! He started up front and scored for Spain at the weekend, who are also actually quite good.”
He said of Christensen: “Andreas has done all that and managed to get himself into the team, but now he has to play to a monumental standard every week to stay there. David Luiz missed out in the last game but as he was arguably the best player in the team in the Premier League-winning side last season, it underlines the quality around the place and the battle for places. As anyone who has read my stuff or listened to any of my comments in David’s time here will know, I am a huge fan, continually arguing against all comers on his behalf. ”
Nevin added: “So this rarefied level which Andreas, Tammy and Ruben have to get to is extraordinary; this is after all last season’s Premier League champions they are trying to break into. As I said last week, Andreas could be the basis of a Chelsea team for the next decade if it all goes to plan, he is certainly good enough. So it can be done with ability above all else but with a deal of patience, a virtue often understandably disdained in football.”