With Euro 2020 qualifiers in play, there are call ups galore at Chelsea FC. England manager Gareth Southgate is still on the lookout for the spine of his England squad. France, meanwhile, will be hoping to give Olivier Giroud some much-needed game time, following his freezing out at Chelsea. The French striker was caught between a rock and a hard place, having signed a contract extension at Chelsea this year. Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri preferred Gonzalo Higuain during his time at Stamford Bridge, and as such, Giroud was relegated to making appearances from the Chelsea bench. Frank Lampard, in turn, has opted to hand the No. 9 shirt to Tammy Abraham, with the English striker repaying his manager’s faith by netting in eight goals in the Premier League so far.
Meanwhile, there is an air of excitement around the England squad, thanks to the managerial change at Chelsea. Manager Frank Lampard has opted to hand debuts to most of his academic prospects in the Premier League this season, with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount turning heads in recent displays. A run of impressive form has seen Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, and Fikayo Tomori earned a call up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers this week. England have also called up the fit and firing creative midfielder Ross Barkley, who is finally enjoying an injury-free first-team run in the Premier League.
N’Golo Kante returns to the French squad along with his compatriot, Olivier Giroud. Giroud will be hoping to see some action in France’s Euro Qualifiers, having seen his game time at Chelsea being curtailed this season, with Frank Lampard instead opting to start Tammy Abraham up front. Centre-back Kurt Zouma also gets a call up to Didier Deschamps’ squad for the qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.
Midfield metronome Jorginho is called up to Roberto Mancini’s squad for Italy’s Euro qualifiers against Greece and Lichtenstein.
Chelsea's No 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga is called up to the Spain squad, having usurped former No 1 David De Gea’s place in the squad in recent times.
Danish centre-back Andreas Christensen is called up to Denmark’s squad for the qualifier at home to Switzerland, followed by a friendly at home to Luxembourg.
Michy Batshuayi gets a call up to Roberto Martinez’s squad for Belgium’s qualifier against San Marino and Kazakhstan.
Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovačić is called up to the Croatian squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Hungary and Wales.