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The 100 Club – Chelsea’s most capped internationals

With Eden Hazard having joined that very special group of players who have reached a century of international caps won for their respective nations, the official Chelsea website lists all those who have represented our club and also reached that significant milestone for their country.

Hazard joined the band of 100-cap Blues yesterday, taking their number up to 16 in total.

The most capped is Petr Cech but the player who collected the most international appearances while a Chelsea player is Frank Lampard. All but two of Lamps’ 106 England appearances were with us and he is unique in having won 100 caps as a Blue.

Here, in order of caps awarded when also a Chelsea player, is the full list:
 

Frank Lampard

106 England caps
104 as a Chelsea player


Super Frank’s international career spanned 15 years and five managers. He appeared at three World Cups and a Euros and was twice voted England’s Player of the Year by supporters.

 

Petr Cech

124 Czech caps
91 as a Chelsea player


Chelsea’s most-capped player of all-time is the most capped in the history of Czech football. A multiple Player of the Year in his homeland, Cech represented his nation at a World Cup but it was during one of four Euros that the highlight came, with the Czech team making the semi-finals.
 

Branislav Ivanovic

105 Serbia caps
83 as a Chelsea player

Another who is his country’s most-capped, Ivanovic is an international captain who is approaching a decade-and-a-half of service for Serbia, which has included playing at two World Cups.

 

Marcel Desailly

116 France caps
74 as a Chelsea player


The Rock helped France win the World Cup shortly after signing for Chelsea and he was a fully-fledged Blue by the time Les Bleus won Euro 2000 two years later. He was France’s captain when they later added the Confederations Cup and for a period was their top appearance-maker.

 

Didier Drogba

105 Ivory Coast caps
74 as a Chelsea player


The all-time topscorer for the Ivory Coast was also their captain when they made it to the World Cup for the first time in 2006. Two further World Cups followed, as did two appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations finals where they were unfortunate to miss out twice on penalties.

 

Eden Hazard

100 Belgium caps
72 as a Chelsea player


The newest member of our 100 cap collection has the chance to add many more appearances, being only 28 years of age. He made his Belgium bow at just 17. Last summer he was the skipper as his nation achieved their best World Cup showing ever by finishing third. Hazard was ranked a place higher in the Player of the Tournament.
 

Ashley Cole

107 England caps
55 as a Chelsea player


England’s most-capped full-back has five major international tournaments under his belt including Euro 2004 when he was named in the team of the tournament. His longevity as a Three Lions’ first choice is clear from the fans voting him England Player of the Year six years further down the line.
 

Geremi

118 Cameroon caps
28 as a Chelsea player


A tournament winner with Cameroon, the versatile Geremi was triumphant in two of the seven Africa Nations Cups he contested. He was also a gold medallist at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and he played at two World Cups.
 

Fernando Torres

110 Spain caps
28 as a Chelsea player


A spearhead for Spain’s golden generation which swept all before them between 2008 and 2012 by winning one World Cup and two Euros. Torres netted the winner in the final of the 2008 European Championships and also scored in the final in 2012, when he was tournament topscorer. Only two have scored more for Spain.

 

Andriy Shevchenko

111 Ukraine caps
25 as a Chelsea player


The current manager of Ukraine is their highest goalscorer ever. They reached their first major tournament in 2006 with Sheva the skipper for that World Cup and they progressed to the quarter-finals. He was still scoring goals six years later when his nation had the honour of joint-hosting the Euros.

 

Damien Duff

100 Republic of Ireland caps
22 as a Chelsea player


The one Chelsea player who has an exact round 100 caps to his name, skilful winger Duff’s longevity in the Ireland shirt ensured he played in the World Cup in 2002 when he was his team’s player of the tournament and the 2012 Euros, where he concluded his international career by skippering the side against Italy.

 

Cesc Fabregas

110 Spain caps
21 as a Chelsea player

A Spain debutant at 18, Fabregas was another member, along with Fernando Torres, of the Spain side which gathered up the World Cup and two Euros in an unbroken run of success. It was he who typically provided the pass for Andres Iniesta to net the only goal of the 2010 World Cup final, capturing the famous trophy for his nation for the first time.

 

Didier Deschamps

103 France caps
16 as a Chelsea player


A World Cup winner as both France’s manager and 20 years earlier as their captain. As it was for Marcel Desailly, that success in 1998 was continued on to the European Championships two years later when Deschamps was again the skipper lifting silverware. At the time of his retirement he was the French team’s most-capped player although his total has since been surpassed.

 

Yossi Benayoun

102 Israel caps
15 as a Chelsea player


Israel’s most capped player of all time, midfielder Benayoun is also their joint-second highest scorer. As his nation’s most prominent footballer, it was no surprise when he was named captain of his country in 2008, a couple of years before he moved to Chelsea.

 

Samuel Eto’o

118 Cameroon caps
6 as a Chelsea player


One of the most famous African players of all-time (as indicated by his record four awards for being his continent’s Player of the Year). He played in four World Cups, six Africa Cup of Nations, winning two of those, and he collected a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics. Eto’o is alongside Geremi as Cameroon’s second highest appearance maker of all-time, and it surprises no one that he is his nation’s top goalscorer.

 

Mark Schwarzer

109 Australia caps
1 as a Chelsea player


The goalkeeper’s 20-year international career ensures no one has won more caps for Australia. He famously saved two penalties to ensure it was they rather than Uruguay who made the 2006 World Cup, their first appearance in those finals for over 30 years. They progressed to the knockout stage. Another World Cup followed four years later.


James and Phil Younghusband
Although they never progressed as far as making their Chelsea debuts, a special mention should be made of these two brothers who are products of our youth system and are recorded as subsequently having reached 100 appearances for the Philippines, who they are qualified to play for due to their mother and where they run a football academy.
 

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