Who’s In? Every Chelsea Player Included in Their Country’s 23-Man Squad for the World Cup

Despite the disappointment of finishing outside the top four, Chelsea players were able to take some happy memories into the summer after lifting the FA Cup last month. 

Unsurprisingly, the Blues will be strongly represented at the World Cup. Their poor league campaign has though lead to some notable absentees who will be watching the tournament at home. 

Alvaro Morata, Pedro, Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas were all left out of the Spanish squad. Former Brazil regular David Luiz hasn’t been selected after being outcast by Antonio Conte this season.

Let’s take a look at which Chelsea players will be representing their nation at the biggest event in football. 

14. Cesar Azplicueta

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2013

The ever reliable defender has become a stalwart in the Chelsea back four since joining in 2012. 

Though the versatile Azplicueta hasn’t been able to claim a regular place for La Roja. Competing with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique for minutes is a tricky task and the 28-year-old will likely be backup at the tournament.  

13. Kenneth Omeruo

Country: Nigeria

Year of Debut: 2013

The 24-year-old defender is one of the many players to be stuck in the loan system at Chelsea. Being sent to four different clubs since joining from Standard Liege in 2012 has made the chances of Omeruo ever featuring for his parent club regularly look slim. 

Though Omeruo’s exploits at Turkish side Kasimpasa has earned him a place in Nigeria’s squad for Russia.

12. Victor Moses

Country: Nigeria

Year of Debut: 2012

A cert in his nation’s squad, Victor Moses has made himself a consistent feature under Antonio Conte since being converted to right wing-back. 

Used as a forward for Nigeria, Moses will want to put in a good display after disappointments at Stamford Bridge. An almost guaranteed starter, Moses can prove a threat in a pacy attack.

11. Antonio Rudiger

Country: Germany 

Year of Debut: 2014

Arguably Chelsea’s best acquisition last summer, the dynamic and athletic defender gained many plaudits for his strong displays in a difficult season. 

Featuring heavily in last year’s Confederations Cup triumph has helped propel Rudiger to Russia. He may not be a guaranteed starter for Joachim Löw’s side but will hope to be given minutes to further his development. 

10. Thibaut Courtois

Country: Belgium 

Year of Debut: 2011

By the time the tournament has concluded, Courtois might have departed Stamford Bridge with strong rumours of an exit.

Taking the reins from Simon Mignolet in 2012, Courtois has yet to be displaced as the Red Devils first choice. Belgium will hope to use the World Cup as a chance to fulfil a lot of their squad’s potential and Courtois will prove crucial in his nation’s success. 

9. Eden Hazard

Country: Belgium

Year of Debut: 2008

With his future in doubt, this World Cup could be Hazard’s to make a statement and elevate the himself to new heights. 

After a challenging season for Chelsea’s star man, Hazard will have some the responsibility taken off him for his nation – which could give him the platform to tear opposing teams apart as potential suitors try and prize him away from west London.

8. Michy Batshuayi

Country: Belgium

Year of Debut: 2015

Batshuayi’s World Cup hopes looked over when he picked up an injury back in April, but a quick recovery has allowed him to feature in Roberto Martinez’s squad. 

Since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, the promising striker has found great form in the Bundesliga, scoring 9 times in 14 appearances. 

The 24-year-old proved good use off the bench in the Euros and will provide the same strength in Russia.

7. Willian

Country: Brazil

Year of Debut: 2011

An experienced player in the Brazil squad, Willian’s consistency for Chelsea has continued to earn him caps for his star-studded nation. 

Battling for minutes with Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa and Neymar, Willian will start on the bench but his undeniable talent and work rate could make him a key player in Tite’s system. 

6. Willy Caballero

Country: Argentina 

Year of Debut: 2018

The 36-year-old keeper only made his international debut in March and had been taken to Russia to be the expected understudy to Sergio Romero. The United man’s injury, however, may mean he takes the number one spot.

Caballero hasn’t featured much for Chelsea since his move but has earned praise for crucial penalty saves on route to winning the FA Cup. Caballero could bring his expertise like Tim Krul did for Holland in 2014 should the situation arise. 

5. Andreas Christensen

Country: Denmark

Year of Debut: 2015

Despite a loss of form and injuries in the second half of the season, 2017/18 will be seen as a breakthrough season for the Dane at Stamford Bridge.

Being picked for his country makes the World Cup a great chance for the 22-year-old to test his ability and gain more admirers.

Though he could face a struggle for minutes as Denmark coach, Åge Hareide prefers the experience of Kjaer and Bjelland in his back four.

4. Gary Cahill

Country: England

Year of Debut: 2010

A surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad after a poor season for the Chelsea skipper. 

Cahill was out of the Chelsea side for many months, though some key performances late on in the campaign helped him to earn a seat on the plane to Russia.

In a youthful looking England squad, Cahill will provide experience and could even be a starter in a back three; a system he’s played in for the past two seasons. 

3. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Country: England

Year of Debut: 2017

His standout displays on loan at Crystal Palace have fired Loftus-Cheek to the international stage. 

Having shone for England when he got a call up in November against Germany, it makes the talented midfielder an exciting addition. If Loftus-Cheek is able to do well for England, there will be no excuse for Chelsea not to bring him back and make him a first team regular. 

2. N’Golo Kante

Country: France

Year of Debut: 2016

The flawless midfielder has still shown in an underperforming Chelsea team how crucial he is in the middle of the park. 

A shoo-in for his country, Kante will hope to bring the qualities that have helped him to be considered as one of the best defensive midfielders in world football. Kante can play a huge role in a highly talented French side that are one of the big favourites to take the crown in Russia. 

1. Olivier Giroud

Country: France

Year of Debut: 2011

Scoring some key goals and becoming a bit of a cult hero in the process, Olivier Giroud will be regarded as one of the biggest positives from Chelsea’s season. 

Starring in the run to the Euro 2016 final, the 31-year-old forward will once again provide a key focal point for his nation. Along with Kante, Chelsea could potentially have two players returning with World Cup medals come August. 

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