Azpilicueta says Chelsea teammate will be sorely missed at the World Cup

Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea co-worker N’Golo Kante will be a huge loss for France at the World Cup.

Azpilicueta made his statement about the midfielder whilst predicting the result of the tournament in Qatar for EA Sports.

Kante will not be involved in the competition due a hamstring injury he suffered earlier in the season.

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He’s only played twice for Chelsea this term and once in a France shirt over the summer.

The 31-year-old has been battling against his physical wounds since the tail end of the previous campaign.

His absence at the World Cup is a sad one for all involved.

There aren’t many more touching sights than seeing Kante’s humble smile light up the stage.

Not to mention his irreplaceable skills when cranked up to full volume.

Unfortunately, France must foray into the World Cup without their midfield enforcer, which might be detrimental to their chances of retaining the trophy.

If Didier Deschamps’ side make it to the latter stages, they may dearly miss the experience of the Stamford Bridge centurion.

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“England or France? Got to go with England, surely Trev,” said Conor Gallagher when predicting the outcome of a potentially mouth-watering quarter-final showdown.

“Yeah England of course.”

“What do you two think?”, Gallagher asked Spanish duo Azpilicueta and Marc Cucurella.

“It depends. N’Golo is a big miss for France, he doesn’t play,” replied the Chelsea skipper.

Countless Kante celebrations

Kante ensured his country secured ultimate international glory in Russia four-years ago when he was still at his pomp.

It’s been a rollercoaster of highs and lows since that achievement, with the major high occurring in the 2020/21 campaign.

Chelsea owed vast amounts to the miniature authoritarian for lifting the Champions League last May.

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Kante was named the man of the match in the both semi-finals and the final, not to mention earning the UEFA midfielder of the season.

Those glory days upsettingly feel a long way off now.

We hope to see you back in action soon, NG.  

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."