Here are some of our best performers for England this year.
The First younger center-back earned his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad after his excellent start to the campaign, joining Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, and Mason Mount in the selection for the European Championship qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The latter trio has all been capped previously, with Mount becoming the 49th man to represent England while playing for Chelsea, and we could now see that tally become a half-century should Tomori get the nod.
Here’s the full list of those Blues who have previously appeared for Top Performers over the Years, and we highlight a few of those who starred while representing their home country.
1) John Terry had to bide his time for a first international cap, but he certainly made up for lost time with some typically commanding displays with mirror those he was putting in while wearing the Chelsea shirt.
Three years after had debuted, he was handed the captain’s armband following some typically rock-solid performances at the 2006 World Cup which earned him a spot in the tournament’s all-star squad. JT also holds the distinction of scoring the first senior international goal at the new Wembley Stadium, against Brazil in June 2007.
2) Another defender whose excellence at club level was replicated on the international stage was Ashley Cole. Arguably, Ash remains the only full-back to surpass the 100-cap mark for England, and he was first capped while at Arsenal after making only 11 appearances for the club.
He proved to be a natural and held the position for the next 13 years across three World Cups and two European Championships.
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Our current head coach Frank Lampard was one of England’s star men at Euro 2004, as three goals in four matches marked him as at this level. He was also voted as England’s Player of the Year twice in a row and he finished his international career with a record of 29 goals from 106 appearances.
Another of our Premier League title winners who starred at the international level was Joe Cole. That he won all but 10 of his 56 caps for England while at Chelsea tells you all you need to know about where and when he played his best football.
3) Tommy Lawton is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of English football and though he was lethal in his only full season with the Blues. He scored 14 goals from just 11 caps during his time with us, a record which stood at 22 in 23 comes to the end of his career.
An even better record was held by George Hilsdon, the first player to score a century of goals for Chelsea. He took that form onto the international stage, netting 14 times from just eight appearances for England, including eight on the country’s first-ever overseas tour.