Cesar Azpilicueta has been named in Spain’s squad for Euro 2020, and there is also plenty of Chelsea representation in Germany’s group that will contest the tournament this summer.
The call-up is Azpilicueta’s first by Spain since late 2018. It is a much deserved reward for his consistently impressive performances for Chelsea this season domestically and in the latter stages of the Champions League. He notably shone against Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, the top two Spanish teams in La Liga this season, and was one of 24 players picked by Luis Enrique today.
Our captain was in Spain’s squad for the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 2016 in France. Now he will have the chance to add to his 25 caps, with Spain playing their three group games, against Sweden, Poland and Slovakia, in Seville.
Joachim Low’s final tournament squad selection before he departs as Germany boss includes a trio of Chelsea players.
Toni Rudiger, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are all selected. Rudiger and Werner represented their nation at the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup, but it will be a first taste of a senior international tournament for Havertz.
Germany play France, Portugal and Hungary at the Allianz Arena in Munich in what is a very strong group. They are looking to send Low off on a high after 15 years in charge of the national team, which included a World Cup triumph in 2014.
England and Denmark are set to announce their squads tomorrow (Tuesday 25 May).