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England have sealed a place into the UEFA Nations League final stage after beating Croatia at Wembley coming from behind in a dramatic second half.

Former Leicester City striker Kramaric put the visitors in front early in the second period before goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane ensured a victory to finish top of the group and relegating Croatia to League B.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley was a starter for England, while both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic remained unused subs.

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During the last summer transfer window, Belgian star Eden Hazard seemed close to a move to the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Then the Blues striker spoke with the new Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri and now Hazard himself reveals how the Italian convinced him to stay at Stamford Bridge: “He just told me that he wanted me to be one of the best players in the world. That’s it. And he tried to give me this confidence… and he asked me to score goals”. Hazard told The Premier League Show. “When I speak with him he always says, “You can score three goals every game”. But you know sometimes he is hard, but I try to do my best.”

The Belgian then also praised Maurizio Sarri: “We knew that Sarri was a fantastic manager. He showed to England now that he’s maybe one of the best in the world”. he added. “So at the moment like I say we are playing good, we are scoring goals, creating chances. So it’s good to be here.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea star Ross Barkley played 76 minutes for England in the Three Lions’ massive win against Spain in Seville as the hosts were unbeaten at home since June 2003 against Greece.

A brace scored by Raheem Sterling and a goal from Marcus Rashford in the first half were enough to get a crucial victory and first three points in the competition. England are currently chasing Spain in their group with 4 points from 3 games so far.

Both Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos found the net in the second half to reduce the gap, making the game more vivid in the extra-time.

The 25-year-old midfielder played a key role in Gareth Southgate‘s line-up as he inspired the third goal with a good pass through Harry Kane.

Also Marcos Alonso was involved in the game, playing the whole clash on the left wing, while both Cesar Azpilicueta and Kepa Arrizabalaga remained unused subs. Striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench in the second half

Former Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, now at Watford, made his England debut close to the end.

 

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Chelsea legend John Terry announced it tonight: he won’t be a football player anymore.

The former Blues skipper published a post on his Instagram profile to share his decision with millions of football fans in the world.

Terry, almost 38, entered Chelsea academy when he was only 14, having previously played for West Ham and made his debut in the first team when he was not even 18, on 28th October 1998, as a late substitute in a League Cup game with Aston Villa.

The former England international made his first-team breakthrough in 2000-2001, where he started 23 times and was voted Club’s Player of the Year.

John is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led the club to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one Champions League title since 2004, when José Mourinho gave him the armband.

He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender with 41 total goals.

Alongside with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Ashley Cole he was the core of fantastic Chelsea team that won in England and Europe for a decade.

In 2007, he became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in Chelsea’s 1–0 win against Manchester United and also the first player to score an international goal there, scoring a header in England‘s 1–1 draw with Brazil: he collected 76 caps and 6 goals for the national team.

In his final season at Chelsea in 2017,  when the Blues won the Premier League with Antonio Conte, he became the first ever player to captain a team to title on five occasions.

The last club he played for was Aston Villa in the past season, in the Championship: he revealed he chose not to play for another Premier League side to not face Chelsea.

 

 

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More from Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who’s been speaking after the Blues cruised to an away win over Southampton earlier this afternoon.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, as well as Ross Barkley‘s first Premier League goal and assist for the club secured a 0-3 result at St.Mary’s Stadium. Chelsea maintain their unbeaten start to the season with 20 points from 8 games so far.

Sarri told journalists: “His best game was the one in the Carabao Cup, but I am very happy with the goal and assist for him today”.

“I am very happy with him, he is improving all the time. I spoke to him from the first day that he has great physical and technical quality. Now he has improved. Potentially he is a great player. he has quality, very important ones in the physical and technically, now he is improving in the tactical point of view. He can be a very important player in England and for their national team”.

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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will continue working at Cobham after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

The Italian boss, speaking after Chelsea’s narrow win in their second Europa League clash against FC Vidi, told journalists: “It’s better to stay in Cobham. At the moment for him, it’s very important to have a lot of training. In the last three, four weeks, he hasn’t been training a lot”.

“Now it’s better for him to stay to work. I have seen he is a great player from the technical point of view, from the physical point of view. He has to improve from a tactical point of view”.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given game time again after coming off the bench in the second half against both Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back at Chelsea this season after his loan spell at Crystal Palace.

The Blues’ youngster is also part of England‘s team who tonight will face Switzerland: speaking with Sky Sports, Loftus-Cheek himself reflected on his career so far: “Being 22 feels quite old, considering some of the boys were playing when they were 17 or 18. I’d like to have more appearances by now, but it’s just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it”. Loftus-Cheek said.  “I can see it as a positive; I’m playing for England, playing well when I play, and that’s without too many appearances so it’s still raw in that sense.”

Also, during the interview, Loftus-Cheek admitted the importance of his loan spell at Crystal Palace last season: “Being at Chelsea, it’s a top club with top players,” he said. “When I’m training at 17 or 18 with the first team, it was really good for my education playing with these top players”. Chelsea midfielder went on. “I really enjoyed playing and training with them, I could feel myself getting better every day and improving, but it got to a point where training wasn’t enough and you need the exposure in the Premier League. That’s when I took the chance to go to Palace, and even when that happened, I thought I could’ve done it earlier. I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits. The benefit of last season at Palace [was first-team football]. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it’s like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday. That was massive for me and I coped with it well.”

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Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso featured for Spain in their away victory at Wembley last time out.

Goals from Saul and Rodrigo were crucial as Luis Enrique‘s men came from behind to respond to Marcus Rashford’s early opener. Alonso was replaced in the second half as Thiago Alcantara replaced the Chelsea starlet.

Also Blues’ defender Cesar Azpilicueta showed on Twitter his support towards Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who suffered a brutal head injury during the game. Azpilicueta was an unused sub in the game.

 

 

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has confirmed he is not expected to play for England national team following 8 years, 5 goals and 60 caps earned with the Three Lions.

Cahill, speaking in an interview which is available on “5th Stand official app”, told Chelsea’s official website: “I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour and something I’ve been really proud of”.

“At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there”.

Speaking after Chelsea’s away win at Newcastle on Sunday, Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cahill still needs more time to get the best shape and start to be a regular starter for the club.

 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be very useful this season for Chelsea under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The England international, speaking to the club official website, has discussed the position on the field he would love to play:

Playing in a 4-3-3 in an attacking midfield position is kind of my position really, my suited position, so hopefully I can bring my best football to the team,” Loftus-Cheek said.

Then, the young midfielder also spoke about how the team is developing the new boss’ ideas: “The boys are working really hard trying to understand how the boss wants us to play, on and off the ball, and it will only get better”. he added.

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