The 2013-2014 season has come to an end for Chelsea FC, but many of the Chelsea players have football’s biggest prize looming this summer. The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in less than a month, and every Chelsea player boarding a plane to Brazil will dream of winning it all.
Jose Mourinho is taking a vacation and has already said Chelsea will not sign any new players until after the tournament concludes. With the season over and staff gone, it is time to take a look at what Blues will be headed to Brazil. Here’s a look at the Chelsea internationals representing England, Brazil and Spain this summer.
England’s squad always seems to be comprised of Chelsea and Manchester United players with a few Liverpool players sprinkled in, but the Blues will only have two players representing the Three Lions this summer. England regular Ashley Cole, with 107 appearances for his country, and ex-captain John Terry have both retired from international football. Chelsea vice-captain Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill will feature in yet another world cup for their country.
Lampard will turn 36 in the middle of his third world cup, but will likely still feature in a prominent role in midfield. Manager Roy Hodgson has named the Blues
midfielder vice-captain, and Lampard will most likely partner Steven Gerrard in the middle. Lampard is still searching for his first goal in the finals, after being denied by an incorrect call against Germany in South Africa.
Cahill will most likely start in the center of defense in his second World Cup.
The host nation will have four players representing the Blues as they look to win the tournament in front of their home fans. David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, and Willian have all made Luiz Scolari’s 23 man roster.
David Luiz will most likely start during the tournament, but it is unclear where the versatile defender will feature. He can play center back, right back and in the midfield.
Oscar, Ramires, and Willian will all compete for a spot in midfield/attack, but playing time may be hard to come by. The Blues trio have to beat out the likes of Fred, Paulinho and Neymar.
The winners of the 2010 World Cup may feature a pair of Blues as well. Vincente del Bosque has narrowed his squad to 30, and both Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta have made the initial cut. While both Chelsea players have made the provisional squad, their stories are very different.
Torres, the former Liverpool man, has been a shadow of the player he was before the 2010 World Cup. He may have scored in the 2008 and 2012 finals of the European Championship, but he has not produced much at all for his country recently. The striker was even a surprise to make the provisional squad.
He may make the final cut with a strong training camp with the national team. There are currently five strikers in the squad, and no fewer than three will travel this summer. Diego Costa, the future Chelsea man, is the most in form, but he has a nagging muscular injury that may prevent him from making it to Brazil. Costa is clearly the favorite to start, but if he does not feature expect Torres to have a good chance at making the final squad.
The 24-year-old Azpilicueta absolutely shined for Chelsea this season and is expected to be in the starting lineup. The versatile defender can play left or right back and has blazing speed to make runs in the attacking third while still being a sound defender. His ability to keep possession and attack fits in perfectly with the Spanish philosophy.
Keep a look out for more coverage on Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and more Blues to feature in Brazil in the coming days.