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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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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel said the Italian manager was among the reasons why he left Stamford Bridge earlier last season.

Antonio Conte told reporters the Nigerian midfielder was keen on a move to Chinese Super League to make a new experience following 11 years with the Blues.

However, Mikel himself believes Conte’s lack of respect and appreciation towards ‘players who have been there before and who made this club what it is today’ made the difference in his decision to leave the West London club in 2017.

Speaking ahead of international friendly game against England National team at Wembley, he said: “Definitely it was the right time [to leave] because when you have a manager who… you have to come in whoever you are – manager or player – there are people who have been there before who made this club what it is today”.

“Chelsea was nowhere near what it is 10, 15 years ago. There are players that build and build and build, then it’s all about respect. When you don’t get that from  you deal with it, you move on.

“My connection with the club has not changed because of the manager or because of a certain person. My relationship with the club remains. I am a blue and I want to remain that way for years and years to come”.

Obi Mikel spoke out also on Roman Abramovich: “It doesn’t concern me at all. The club is in really good hands, run by Marina [Granovskaia] now. She loves the club. I think she makes decisions purely on the betterment of the club, which is how a club should be run. She does exactly what Roman wants her to do”.

“Roman loves the club. He has devoted his time, money into this football club. He has made Chelsea what it is today. I don’t care what anyone says, Roman made Chelsea what Chelsea is today and I think, because of the amount of wealth he has brought into this country, everybody owes him a little bit of appreciation.”

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Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir sealed a 2-0 home win against Republic of Ireland in Paris tonight.

The Frenchman and Chelsea striker, who joined the Blues from Arsenal in January transfer window, has now scored as many goals for France (31) as Zinedine Zidane did.

Giro’s compatriot and Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante, who did not feature against ROI at Stade de France, told the club’s official website: “You have to think like a team. We cannot be happy about it because we didn’t reach all our targets, but we finished in the best way by winning the FA Cup final. That means a lot. It was a beautiful moment, and a team effort. We suffered together.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his 1st appearance for Argentina in the 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night.

The 36-year-old was sensational in denying a goal from Lorenzo Insigne in the second half, a few minutes before Ever Banega and West Ham star Manuel Lansing sealed a comfortable win over the Azzurri.

Argentina face Spain (with Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in the squad) on Tuesday night (8.30PM BST).

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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen during UEFA Champions League - Group C match between Chelsea and FK Qarabag at Stanford Bridge, London 12 Sept 2017

Chelsea have been handed a huge blow with the news Andreas Christensen has been sent home from international duty with Denmark after appearing tired and not up to full fitness.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach defender one of the first names on Antonio Conte’s teamsheet, and with huge games coming up for Chelsea in the next few weeks, the club will want him back fit as soon as possible.

“Andreas Christensen has been sent home to London,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide.

“We do not want to take any risks with him.

“We have called up Peter Ankersen and Lasse Nielsen, so we are adequately covered in defence.

“I cannot say exactly what is wrong with Christensen, but it is a little fatigue.”

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Football legend Alex Del Piero recognises the great job Antonio Conte did with Juventus and Italy national team and now he hopes the manager will have the same success with Chelsea for many years.

“He has some amazing qualities and that’s why he’s coaching the best teams in the world. I hope he will have a great period with Chelsea” – Del Piero told Sport 360 – He did great with Juve of course and a great job with the national team. We would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach. He would improve any team and this is what he did with Chelsea last season and what he did with Juve as well”.

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Chelsea defensive midfielder Nathan Ake made his first senior appearance for Netherland National Team on Wednesday after being a regular in the Dutch Under-21 squad.

Quincy Promes and Tottenham star Vincent Janssen both scored in their 2-1 win over Morocco in a friendly game. Former Chelsea Academy Mbark Boussoufa also scored for the hosts.

The 22-year-old was recalled by Chelsea in January 2017, making his first appearance in the 4–0 FA Cup fourth round victory over Brentford. Then he replaced David Luiz in the starting lineup in the 4–2 semifinal win against rivals Tottenham.

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Chelsea star Pedro spoke after being selected in 25-man Spain squad for their incoming games against Israel (World Cup Qualifier) and France (friendly).

“It’s a new chance for me, a new challenge, – said Pedro when asked about head coach Julen LopeteguiWe are looking at how he wants to play, his ideas. He’s another coach to add to the list in my career. I’m pleased to meet with team-mates and experiencing a good moment with my club. I am happy to be here”.

Then he added: “We all come to join the team with the coach’s requests. I work at 100 per cent and try to compete at the top level. I have to make the most of the chances I’m given. I’m happy to be back and to train with the squad”.


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David Luiz is having a sensational season at Chelsea and he has been one of the best player for Antonio Conte‘s team so far.

However, this is not enough for him to be selected for the Brazil squad which will play World Cup qualifiers vs Uruguay and Paraguay in the next few days.

“I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad, but I respect the decision” – David Luiz told the Evening Standard.  -“I’m playing regularly and trying to do my best to come back into the squad. Have I been told why I wasn’t picked? No.”


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Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick stated that Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham and Liverpool talent Ovie Ejaria should play for Nigeria instead of England national senior team.

Both players have already represented England in the youth ranks, with Abraham having made 21 appearances between the Under-18s and the Under-21s.

“What are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting, talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their father land,” Pinnick told to competesportnigeria.com

“If you talk about Tammy Abraham, he is like my son, his father and I grew up in the same neighborhood.

“So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do. As for Ovie Ejaria, I talk with the father often, he just called me recently. These are people we have met and they are all excited about Nigeria.

“I am yet to see a Nigerian that is regretting being a Nigerian. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time.”

Abraham is impressing in his loan spell at Bristol City, scoring 9 goals in 17 Championship fixtures so far.

Ejaria has mostly been limited to performances in the Premier League 2, although he has played in both of Liverpool’s EFL Cup wins against Derby and Spurs.


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