After a busy March for the Blues, April begins with the second international break of 2024. Once again, the majority of those within Chelsea's first-team squad will be representing their country over the next week.

This month sees the return of the invitational SheBelieves Cup in America, with four Chelsea players set for involvement for three competing nations.

Closer to home, qualifying for Euro 2025 gets underway. Several members of Emma Hayes's squad will be in action as the road to Switzerland – and potential glory – begins.

Here, we take a look at the players who have jetted off for international action this week and the matches taking place around the world.

Five return for Lionesses duty

England return to competitive action for the first time since December, with a double-header to begin their Euro 2025 qualifying campaign.

Sarina Wiegman's side host Sweden at Wembley on Friday, 5 April in Group A3, before a trip to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland the following Tuesday, 9 April.

As in the previous international window, a quintet of Chelsea players are on hand to represent the Lionesses. Goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, defenders Jess Carter and Niamh Charles, midfielder Fran Kirby, and forward Lauren James have all been selected for the defending European champions.

It will be a case of friends reunited for the clash with Sweden, with Blues duo Zecira Musovic and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd named in their squad. As well as a potential Wembley appearance, the duo also have a qualifier with France in Gothenburg to navigate the following Tuesday.

That fixture will bring about another clash of club teammates, with Les Bleues calling up Eve Perisset. The French take on the Republic of Ireland before the trip to Sweden.

A top-two finish in the group will secure a place at the tournament finals.

Rest of European qualifying

Germany also return to action over the coming week and have named both goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger and in-form Sjoeke Nusken in their squad for two Euro 2025 qualifiers, against Austria and Iceland.

Guro Reiten is also in qualifying action as part of the Norway squad who face Finland in their opening game of Group A1. Norway then travel to the Netherlands.

Elsewhere, Wales captain – and all-time WSL appearance record holder – Sophie Ingle will attempt to lead her country through Group B4. The Dragons begin their campaign by hosting Croatia on Friday, before a trip to Kosovo next Tuesday.

There could also be an international showdown between two of our midfielders in UEFA qualifying group B2.

Serbia host Scotland in Leskovac on Friday, with the creative Jelena Cankovic in the Serbs' squad. Key to Scotland's chances is Erin Cuthbert, who will likely feature for the visitors.

Cankovic's Serbia then face Israel the following Tuesday while Scotland take on Slovakia at Hampden Park on the same night.

Potential SheBelieves showdown

A tweak in the international calendar means the April window is the new home for the SheBelieves Cup, again hosted by America and this time in the cities of Atlanta and Columbus.

Three sides competing feature Chelsea players in their squads, with defenders Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence returning for Canada. They face Brazil in the semi-final on Saturday in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The other tie could see Chelsea teammates go up against one another, with Maika Hamano returning to the Japan squad who finished as runners-up last year.

Japan face host nation, USA, who have recalled Blues forward Catarina Macario for the first time since her lengthy injury lay-off.

Each team at the tournament will play at least two matches, with the final and third place play-off scheduled for Tuesday, 9 April in Columbus.


Blues forward Mayra Ramirez will be hoping to gain further international caps for Colombia during the week. The 2023 World Cup quarter-finalists face a friendly double header on American soil, taking on Mexico and Guatemala in Orlando and Paterson, New Jersey respectively.

Finally, away from the senior stage, Aggie Beever-Jones could feature for England under-23s in their final fixture of 2023/24 against Sweden in Shropshire on Thursday. The young Lionesses are currently unbeaten in the U23 European League.

Be sure to check back throughout the international break to find out how our Blues are faring for their countries.