Former Blue names five Chelsea players that progressed on international duty

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The Chelsea players got a time off to go and play for their national teams, with the bulk of the Blues squad called up for international duty.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has hailed some of the players for their displays while on international duty, and believes that the likes of Jorginho, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and Mason Mount, all got valuable game time for their respective countries.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Players like Jorginho, Toni Rudiger, Kai Havertz, Reece James and Mason Mason among others got much needed game time. That was much more useful than a friendly match cruise around the field for 90 minutes.

“Maybe it was most important for the two English lads however. For Mason, that second goal on his ninth appearance will have made him feel like a central part of the set up. A winner against the top-ranked team in the world is never to be sniffed at, but following on from him not starting against Crystal Palace in the last league game, it will certainly have given him a much-needed and timely boost.

“It doesn’t matter what the situation is, any player of a good standard, never mind international standard such as Mason, is always disappointed when he doesn’t start a game for his club.

“Similarly, Reece James didn’t start against Palace either in the 4-0 win but by the time he gets back into training at Cobham he will be an international with at least two caps to his name. It is hard enough getting a cap, especially for a nation like England and specifically at right-back/wing-back, the most hotly contested position in the squad. That is very impressive. Like Mason, it will be a huge lift for a young player who thoroughly deserves it considering the improvement he has made in a very short time.”

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