With thoughts turning to a fresh new season of international football as various countries announce their squads for upcoming matches, we take a quick look back at the level of Chelsea involvement on the global stage during the season just completed.
In total 17 nations had the pleasure of Chelsea players representing them at either senior or junior international level.That amounted to 44 Chelsea-registered players in action from Under-17s level upwards.There is no surprise to see the country with the most call-ups being England. Twenty-two Blues wore the Three Lions in 2019/20. Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori were all given caps by Gareth Southgate and there were plenty more in the younger age groups.
In alphabetically order, with the representation at full senior level unless otherwise stated, the full list is:Tammy Abraham, Derrick Abu (U17s), Tino Anjorin (U19s), Luke Badley-Morgan (U17s), Ross Barkley, Lewis Bate (U18s), Trevoh Chalobah (U21s), Levi Colwill (U17s), Conor Gallagher (U21s/U20s), Mark Guehi (U21s), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Senior/U21s), Sam Iling-Junior (U17s), Reece James (U21s), Tariq Lamptey (U20s), Henry Lawrence (U19s), Tino Livramento (U19s/U18s), Clinton Mola (U19s), Mason Mount, Dynel Simeu (U18s), Xavier Simons (U17s), Fikayo Tomori, Harvey Vale (U17s)
Croatia, with three, used the next highest number of Chelsea players. Mateo Kovacic was joined in the senior squad by Mario Pasalic who spent the year on loan at Atalanta, and has since joined the Italian club permanently. Goalkeeper Karlo Ziger played for Croatia Under-19s.
Among the nations who selected two Chelsea players were world champions France with the big-name pair Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante.
For the first time last season there were two Chelsea-registered players representing the United States men’s national team – Christian Pulisic of course, plus defender Matt Miazga who was on loan at Reading.
Italy called on Emerson Palmeiri and Jorginho…
…while for the Netherlands there were a couple of representatives at junior level - Juan Castillo (U20s), Ian Maatsen (U18s/U17s)
There were 11 countries with a single Chelsea played used in 2019/20.Unusually for recent times, there was only one for Belgium Michy Batshuayi.
The now departed Willian represented Brazil.
Andreas Christensen was at the back for Denmark.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was a keeper for Spain.
Wales called upon Ethan Ampadu.
All the others were at junior level.
ScotlandBilly Gilmour (U21s)
AlbaniaArmando Broja (U21s/U19s)
AustriaThierno Ballo (U19s)
Northern IrelandSam McClelland (U19s)
Republic of IrelandGeorge Nunn (U19s)
NorwayBryan Fiabema (U17s)