The 2017/18 season may have drawn to a close, but this year’s football is only just getting started – we have the World Cup to look forward to.
As is expected being a club of our stature, there will be plenty of Chelsea representatives in Russia this summer, all hoping to get their hands on the biggest prize in football.
Chelsea could have as many as 14 players heading to the World Cup, with serial loanee Kenneth Omeruo’s place in Nigeria’s squad the only one not yet fully secure. Victor Moses will no doubt be featuring in the competition.
Cesar Azpilicueta was the only Spaniard included in Julen Lopetegui’s squad, with Chelsea trio Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso all being left out in the cold, alongside Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin.
Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be going to Russia and will be sure starters in Belgium’s side. Michy Batshuayi has recovered from an ankle fracture in time to feature in the tournament, which is excellent news.
Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante will be playing for France, who are considered one of the favourites to win the illustrious competition.
Brazil are also in the running to make up for the failures of four years ago and win the World Cup for the sixth time in their history. Willian is the only Chelsea player to feature in Tite’s squad.
Antonio Rudiger is heading to Russia with holders Germany, Willy Caballero may well be starting between the sticks for Argentina in the absence of Sergio Romero, while starlet Andreas Christensen will be representing Denmark.
Last, but by no means least, captain Gary Cahill and academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek are in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, meaning they will be going head-to-head with our Belgian trio in the group stages.