Chelsea's international break preview: who's going where

Because of Chelsea’s strength in depth, players who aren’t first-team regulars still are often called up for their national side.

And the international break offers opportunities for these fringe players to get some much-needed game time.

With regular, competitive international football implemented in the form of the Nations League, these players will be out to impress.

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So, with Chelsea’s players jet-setting off to all corners of the globe, let’s look at who’s off and where they’re going:

The Spaniards: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Morata

Following Luis Enrique’s appointment as Spain boss, Marcos Alonso has displaced Jordi Alba as first choice left-back.

He’ll be eyeing a third cap as the La Roja face Wales in a friendly before playing England in their Nations League group.

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After scoring two goals in two games for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata will be keen to impress Enrique.

Having had an excellent start to the season, Kepa Arrizabalaga will be pushing David de Gea for the number one jersey.

César Azpilicueta will compete with Wolves’ Jonny for a start at right-back.

The Frenchmen: Kante, Giroud

Having reclaimed the starting striker spot from Morata at Chelsea, Olivier Giroud will rejoining his fellow World Champions full of beans.

After his goal during the last break, he became France’s fourth highest goal-scorer – passing Zinedine Zidane.

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But he may be rested for France’s friendly against Iceland ahead of a key Nations League clash with Germany.

The same could be said for N’Golo Kante who, after a busy start to the season with Chelsea, could be rested for Les Bleus’ friendly.

The Italians: Jorginho, Emerson

Jorginho has quietly become one of the best midfielders in Europe under Sarri’s mentorship.

And he is vital for his national side too as Roberto Mancini relies on him to set the tempo.

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Emerson however is still out to prove his worth but has made a good start with some solid performances so far for Chelsea.

And he’ll probably get a chance as Italy have a friendly match against Ukraine and a Nations League match against Poland.

The Belgian: Hazard

If the Premier League were awarding awards for the best player through eight games, Eden Hazard would most certainly win them.

Hazard scored his seventh goal of the season against Southampton on Sunday, as Chelsea remained unbeaten.

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Roberto Martinez will be hoping Hazard’s excellent form will continue for his national side as Belgium face Switzerland in the Nations League before a friendly match against Netherlands.

And Maurizio Sarri will be hoping the Belgium captain will be rested for the friendly after a busy schedule.

The German: Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger’s performances have slipped under the radar as Chelsea’s attacking has stolen the headlines.

But he has quietly had an excellent start to the season, forming a good partnership with David Luiz.

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And with the poor performances of the regular German centre-backs – like Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng – Rudiger should play.

And Die Mannschaft have some big games coming up as they face the Netherlands and France in the Nations League.

The English: Barkley

Ross Barkley returns to the England squad for the first time since May 2016.

He has been given opportunities by Sarri and repaid him by scoring his first goal for the Blues on Sunday.

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And in a midfield with so many question-marks, Barkley should eye a starting spot.

England have Nations League games against Croatia and Spain coming up.

The Welshman: Ampadu

Despite not featuring for Sarri, Ethan Ampadu remains a key part of the Ryan Giggs revolution.

The 18 year-old is a versatile cog in Wales’ midfield and will undoubtedly feature for them.

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Wales have a friendly match against Spain and a Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland on the horizon.

The Croatian: Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic has been battling with Ross Barkley for the same starting spot.

And the man on loan from Real Madrid has had opportunities and has looked impressive with them.

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He’ll be linking up with the rest of his World Cup finalist teammates as they have a Nations League game against England before a friendly game against Jordan.

The Dane: Christensen

Another who has struggled for chances this season, Christensen will be hopeful of playing time with Denmark.

He’s looked nervy when he has been given a shot and needs a chance to regain some confidence.

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Denmark have a game against Republic of Ireland in the Nations League and a friendly match against Austria.