Chelsea are never far from our thoughts and despite the 2020/21 season coming to a close a week ago with that famous night in Porto, the Blues players called up for their country are now preparing for the delayed EURO 2020 tournament.
Postponed from last summer amid the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament will go ahead across a number of host cities over the course of four weeks, kicking off on June 11 and running until July 11 with the final at Wembley next month.
London, Glasgow, Rome, Copenhagen, Baku, St Petersburg, Seville, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Munich and Budapest will all host matches over the next four weeks, with Wembley holding both semi finals and the final in July.
Chelsea have a host of international players called up for the tournament and they were all given an extra few days off following their Champions League final exploits just over a week ago.
The Blues’ England trio didn’t play a part in either of the warm up wins over Romania or Austria in Middlesbrough over the past week but will be just three of a number of players in action later this week when the tournament gets underway.
The first match of the tournament kicks off on Friday in Rome as Italy take on Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico. Chelsea pair Jorginho and Emerson will both be hoping to be involved for the 2006 World Cup winners.
On Saturday, Ethan Ampadu – who spent last season on loan at Sheffield United – will be in action for Wales as they take on Switzerland in Baku, Azerbaijan, as Group A gets underway.
Later in the day, Andreas Christensen will be targeting a starting spot and a good start in Group B with Denmark as they face Finland in Copenhagen.
There is also some Chelsea interest in the 8pm game on Saturday, also in Group A, as Eden Hazard’s Belgium play Russia in St Petersburg. Former Blue Romelu Lukaku, a reported transfer target of Chelsea this summer, is also set to feature for one of the pre-tournament favourites.
England get their Group D campaign underway on Sunday afternoon at Wembley when they face Croatia and there is plenty of Chelsea interest in that game.
Three Lions trio Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and Reece James will all be hoping to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s first starting eleven for the tournament but all three of them didn’t play in either of the warm up games.
On the opposite side, they could come up against club teammate Mateo Kovacic, who looks set to play a prominent role for Croatia, who knocked England out of the 2018 World Cup at the semi final stage.