Fikayo Tomori could become the 50th player to earn a senior England cap if he makes his debut during the international break. Here are some of our best performers for the Three Lions.
Our young centre-back earned his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad after his excellent start to the campaign, joining Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount in the selection for the European Championship qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The latter trio have all been capped previously, with Mount becoming the 49th man to represent England while playing for Chelsea, and we could now see that tally become a half century should Tomori get the nod.
Here’s the full list of those Blues who have previously appeared for the Three Lions, and we highlight a few of those who starred while representing their country.
John Terry had to bide his time for a first international cap, but he certainly made up for lost time with some typically commanding displays with mirrored those he was putting in while wearing the blue shirt.
Three years after had debuted, he was handed the captain’s armband following some typically rock-solid performances at the 2006 World Cup which earned him a spot in the tournament’s all-star squad. JT also holds the distinction of scoring the first senior international goal at the new Wembley Stadium, against Brazil in June 2007.
Another defender whose excellence at club level was replicated on the internation stage was Ashley Cole. Arguably our greatest left-back, Ash remains the only full-back to surpass the 100-cap mark for England, and he was first capped while at Arsenal after making only 11 appearances for the club.
He proved to be a natural and held down the position for much of the next 13 years across three World Cups and two European Championships.
The late Ray Wilkins’ time at Stamford Bridge was all too short, but the same couldn’t be said of his international career and only two former Chelsea players earned more caps for the Three Lions. He scored one of England’s finest European Championship goals at Euro 80, craftily lofting the ball over the Belgium defence and running onto it himself before another delicate lob left the keeper grasping at thin air.
Our current head coach Frank Lampard was one of England’s star men at Euro 2004, as three goals in four matches marked him out as someone who belonged at this level. He was duly voted England’s Player of the Year twice in a row and he finished his international career with a fine record of 29 goals from 106 appearances.
Another of our Premier League title winners who starred at international level was Joe Cole. That he won all but 10 of his 56 caps for England while at Chelsea tells you all you need to know about where and when he played his best football.
After starring in the Blues’ Premier League title success in 2005/06, the No10 headed to Germany for the World Cup as a regular starter for his country and scored the greatest goal of his career in a group stage match against Sweden; controlling the ball on his chest from fully 35 yards, Cole larruped an incredible strike into the far corner.
Tommy Lawton is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of English football and though he was lethal in his only full season with the Blues, that paled in comparison to his record for England at this time. He scored 14 goals from just 11 caps during his time with us, a record which stood at 22 in 23 come the end of his career.
An even better record was held by George Hilsdon, the first player to score a century of goals for the Blues. He took that form onto the international stage, netting 14 times from just eight appearances for England, including eight on the country’s first-ever overseas tour. His 12 England goals in the 1907/08 season was a record until Jimmy Greaves managed one more in 1960/61.
Greaves, of course, more than merits a mention here among our top England internationals. It’s unfortunate for him that his England career is often remembered as much for a game he didn’t play in than it is for the 44 goals he netted for his country, of which 16 were plundered from the 15 caps he won while representing Chelsea. While Greavsie missed out on England’s thrilling World Cup final win over West Germany in 1966, his replacement, Geoff Hurst, fired in the most famous hat-trick in English football history.