Chelsea players are continues their impressive performances in international duty as most of them involved in Thursday’s qualifying produced a big impression.
Both Kai Havertz and Antonio Rudiger made German team starting XI against Iceland and they are impressed, especially Havertz, who doubled Joachim Low’s side lead after Goretzka put the host ahead in just 3th minutes.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder timed his run perfectly to meet Leroy Sane’s low cut-back just inside the box and find the gap between defenders to send a left-footed shot low into the net.
Rudiger, who made return into Chelsea starting lineup under Thomas Tuchel, came close to adding his name to the score-sheet shortly before half-time, but saw his header drift goal wide, and Havertz had a second goal via a precise volley but disallowed for offside before being replaced by his Blues team-mate Timo Werner with a little over 10 minutes remaining.
At Wembley, Chelsea trio Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount impressed as they play crucial role in England 5-0 win over San Marino.
Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount were heavily involved in the move that resulted in the first goal by Southampton star James Ward-Prowse with some slick passing down the left.
Chelsea on International Duty today:— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 25, 2021
Mason Mount – Assist
Reece James – Assist
Ben Chilwell – Assist
Kai Havertz – Goal
Antonio Rüdiger – Clean Sheet
Andreas Christensen – Clean Sheet pic.twitter.com/szKIIz1xue
Not to be outdone, Recce James then whipped in the cross from the right which allowed Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to head in England’s second goal.
James and Mount both made way as part of several half-time substitutions by Gareth Southgate, but Chilwell continued and it was his defence-splitting pass which created the opportunity for the fourth goal by Calvert-Lewin.
Mason Mount created 8 chances for England tonight.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 25, 2021
The last player to create that many chances in a World Cup qualifier was Xavi, in 2008. Mount did it in 45 minutes. pic.twitter.com/XALyMQfNqy
Emerson Palmieri, who scored Chelsea’s second goal in crucial clash against Atletico Madrid last week, went close to getting a goal during an impressive attacking performance in Italy’s win over Northern Ireland.
He frequently got into the box to meet crosses and went agonisingly close with one header at the back post. The defender made way with 15 minutes left and his side leading 2-0, which is how it ended.
Andreas Christensen, who took advantage of Silva’s injury to impressed under Thomas Tuchel, featured throughout for Denmark as they opened their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup with a 2-0 victory away in Israel earlier in the evening.
The centre-back went close to opening the scoring early on with a header from a Christian Eriksen corner, but it wasn’t long before they took the lead.
Christensen made a number of important blocks as Israel briefly tried to fight back at a goal down, but a second strike after half-time settled what was a fairly routine victory for Denmark.
Christian Pulisic played the first 45 minutes of the USA’s 4-1 friendly win over Jamaica in Austria. From his place on the left-wing, his movement was responsible for creating the space for full-back Serginio Dest to surge forward and open the scoring, before Pulisic was withdrawn at the break with his side leading 1-0.
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante has picked up a small injury to his left hamstring after playing a full 90 minutes in France’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine on Thursday and he will now return to London to be assessed by the Chelsea medical staff.
A statement from France read: ‘N’Golo Kante will not take part in the next two matches of the French team on Sunday in Kazakhstan and three days later in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
‘The Chelsea midfielder felt a pain in the hamstrings of the left thigh at the very end of the match against Ukraine on Wednesday at the Stade de France. He had clinical and radiological examinations on Thursday, which revealed a small lesion.
‘In consultation with Doctor Franck Le Gall, national coach Didier Deschamps decided to put N’Golo Kante back at the disposal of his club on Friday.’