Chelsea Players on International duty this week

Almost all the Blues’ players are on duty this week for their respective countries. Look at the roll-call…

Frank Lampard is under consideration to captain England for the first time when his nation faces Denmark on Wednesday evening.

With Rio Ferdinand suffering from a calf injury and Steven Gerrard not travelling, Fabio Capello’s choice to take the armband appears to be between the Chelsea midfielder and Wayne Rooney.

John Terry and Ashley Cole join Lampard in the squad. Freshly crowned England Player of the Year, Cole could win his 87th cap which would set a new record for an England full-back.

Denmark host England in the Parken Stadium, the same ground Chelsea will travel to later this month for our Champions League clash with FC Copenhagen.

Fernando Torres and Spain face Colombia in Madrid on Wednesday and our new signing will be hoping to steer his country back to winning ways after a 4-0 defeat to Portugal in their last game.

David Luiz may be one of Florent Maloudas opponents when France play Brazil and Ramires is also a candidate for inclusion in Brazil’s starting line-up. The re-match of the 1998 World Cup Final takes place in the same stadium in Paris.

Jose Bosingwa has travelled to Switzerland where Portugal take on what will be a young Argentina team in Geneva.

Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are in France for Ivory Coast’s friendly against Mali on Tuesday. Ivory Coast have won two of their last three games and will be hoping to start another winning run after losing 3-1 to Poland in their last outing. If he plays it will be Drogba’s first international since the World Cup.

John Mikel Obi is part of Nigeria’s squad which travels to Lagos for a quickly-arranged friendly against Sierra Leone on Wednesday. They had been scheduled to play Guatemala in the United States but that was called off last week. Nigeria will be looking to put two defeats in their last three games behind them.

Petr Cech, who this week was presented with a trophy to mark his recent naming as 2010 Czech Footballer of the Year (pictured below), will play against Croatia if selected while Branislav Ivanovic is with Serbia for a meeting with Israel in Tel Aviv.

At Under 21 level, Jeffrey Bruma and on-loan Patrick van Aanholt have been called up to represent The Netherlands against Czech Republic Under 21s on Wednesday.

Josh McEachran is part of England’s Under 21s squad that will face Italy. He’s joined by Jack Cork, currently on loan at Burnley. Jacopo Sala is a possible opponent in Tuesday’s game.

Another selected at Under 21 level is Milan Lalkovic, who recently scored both Chelsea goals against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup. The 18-year-old could face France for Slovakia on Tuesday.

Conor Clifford is part of Republic of Ireland’s Under 21s squad which travels to Cyprus for their game on Wednesday.

This goes to show that Chelsea players are very important to both their countries and the club. Also, it goes to show the quality of players that Chelsea FC has in the fold.

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