Chelsea players will be jetting off across the globe once again for yet another international break.

From Spain to San Marino, Albania to Argentina, Thomas Tuchel’s squad are covering all corners of the world.

At least 11 first-teamers will be competing in the World Cup qualifiers, whilst several members of the loan army should be following suit.

Despite the vast array of stars spreading their wings over the next week or so, Cobham’s corridors will still be full of life.

Plenty of big names failed to be selected by their countries, including Marcos Alonso, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi.


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Some warrant an international call-up more than others, most noticeably, Trevoh Chalobah.

Chalobah on fire

The 22-year-old is enjoying the season of a lifetime following on from making his senior Chelsea debut in the UEFA Super Cup final three months ago.

After the victory over Villarreal, the defender’s trajectory has skyrocketed beyond many believed imaginable.

Tuchel now sees him as a valued part of the senior group, trusting him in some important moments.

Chalobah has started five Premier League games, with all but one producing a clean sheet.

He recently earned a contract extension for his efforts, signing a fresh four-year deal.

Actually a defensive midfielder by trade, Chelsea’s academy graduate has been playing all of his football at centre-back.

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Which makes his exclusion from the England camp even more confusing.

Southgate’s selection questions

Gareth Southgate decided against calling him Chalobah for the Three Lions’ next two fixtures, a fate also shared by Fikayo Tomori.

Leaving the pair of talented defenders out completely, whilst other struggling centre-halves made the cut, places a few fair questions on the manager’s shoulders.

Harry Maguire is facing a real dip in form, John Stones hardly features for Manchester City anymore, whilst Tyrone Mings was recently dropped by Aston Villa.

Only Conor Coady can really claim to be in a good place currently.

Three out of four central defenders who are struggling is not a great look.

So why not give the likes of Chalobah and Tomori a chance?

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Loyalty probably plays a part. As does the duo’s lack of experience at international level.

But they can’t gain experience if they are never picked.

Also, Chalobah’s versatility would make him an ideal option for tournament football.

It’s certainly something for Southgate to sleep on ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

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