Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed that Chelsea actually blocked Lewis Hall from being called up by England for the U20 World Cup.
He claimed on his Substack that Chelsea told the Young Lions that they needed the left-back to be part of their first team squad due to injuries suffered in the position.
Today has seen a number of young Blues called up to their national team before the competition in Argentina gets underway in less than two weeks’ time.
Carney Chukwuemeka will not feature for Chelsea again this year after he was called up to represent England. He was one of four representatives from the club to be with the Young Lions.
Harvey Vale, Bashir Humphreys and Teddy Sharman-Lowe were all also included in the squad which will look to have a far more successful time than in their last efforts at the World Cup.
Hall not allowed to represent England
Hall however has not been allowed to leave, with Phillips instead claiming the Blues have an eye on using him as part of the first team instead.
He said: “No Lewis Hall. I can confirm Chelsea told England that they needed him in the squad due to other injuries”
Ben Chilwell was recently forced off the pitch against Bournemouth due to injury, and the issue could see him out of the frame for the rest of the campaign.
He will join fellow left-back Marc Cucurella on the treatment table, opening up an opportunity for someone to fill that void.
It should definitely be Hall, after he impressed in that position during a spell in the first team under Graham Potter.
There may be fears that Frank Lampard looks to play things safe though, like he did when he was forced into a substitution against Bournemouth, bringing on Cesar Azpilicueta.