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Chelsea players on international duty, where they're playing and who has to quarantine

The Blues have a large number of players joining up with their country this week to play World Cup and AFCON qualifiers

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc across the globe, footballers based in England and across Europe will still be jetting off to join up with their international teammates for World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers over the next couple of weeks.

Many of Chelsea’s players will be heading away on international duty with their countries for the next ten days or so but one of them who was called up, Edouard Mendy, will not be joining up with Senegal.

Thomas Tuchel revealed after Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final success over Sheffield United that the in-form stopper needs an operation on his tooth so will miss out for his country in their AFCON qualifiers against Congo and Eswatini.

The latter trip could have caused a problem for Mendy if he did play as Eswatini is currently on the UK’s “red list”, which means anyone arriving from certain countries will have to quarantine in a hotel for ten days upon arrival.

Another player that won’t be leaving on international duty is Thiago Silva, who would have likely been allied up by Brazil despite not playing for Chelsea for nearly two months following a thigh problem.

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CONMEBOL announced earlier this month that it was postponing the 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for this week with a number of clubs threatening to withhold players from joining up.

All of South America is currently on the red list for travel to and from the UK so the decision was taken by the governing body to postpone the fixtures.

Many of Chelsea’ European contingent, as well as Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech, will all be jetting off over the coming days to play for their countries.

Here is who will be playing when, where and if they will have to quarantine when they return.


Reece James, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell

The Blues trio will be heading to St George’s Park on Monday as the Three Lions have three 2022 Group I World Cup qualifiers to play over the next six days.

England host San Marino at Wembley on Wednesday before travelling to Albania on Sunday. They round off the international break with a home game against Poland on the last day of the month.

Albania is not on the current red list for travel so the Blues players will not have to quarantine when they return to the UK

England U21

Callum Hudson-Odoi

England’s youngsters head to Slovenia, not on the red list, during this international break in the UEFA U21 EURO Finals group stage.

Aidy Boothroyd’s team will play games against Croatia, Portugal and Switzerland in their group, with only two of the four progressing to this summer’s knockout stage.

Hudson-Odoi will be making the trip, as well as on loan Blues players Marc Guehi (Swansea) and Conor Gallagher (West Brom).

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Andreas Christensen

The defender, who has been in superb form for Tuchel since his arrival, will head off to join his Danish international teammates this week.

Denmark have 2022 World Cup qualifiers to play, three of them in total.

They travel to Israel on Thursday for their first Group F qualifier before hosting Moldova on Sunday. Christensen will be making another trip to Austria on March 31.

Moldova is not on the UK’s red list for entry so Christensen will not have to quarantine upon his return.


Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Kurt Zouma

Chelsea’ trio of Frenchman will be heading to meet up with their teammates at Clairefontaine on Monday to prepare for three World Cup qualifiers across the next few days.

Les Bleus host Ukraine in Paris on Wednesday night before two away trips round off their international break.

They make the arduous journey to Kazakhstan for a Group D qualifier on Wednesday before travelling to Ukraine on Sunday to complete their fixtures for the round.

Neither Kazakhstan or Ukraine are on the UK red list so the Chelsea trio will not have to quarantine.


Timo Werner has given his backing to Kai Havertz (Image: Getty Images)

Antonio Rudiger, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz

The Blues’ German contingent were all called up for Die Mannschaft by boss Jurgen Low, who will step down after this summer’s Euro 2020 championships.

But it is World Cup qualifiers to get out of the way first as the Germans host Iceland on Thursday and travel to Romania on Sunday in Group J.

Germany round off their international commitments with a home qualifier against North Macedonia on March 31.

Romania is not on the UK red list so Werner, Havertz and Rudiger will not need to quarantine when they jet back into London.


Emerson Palmieri

It’s only one Italian called up for the international break from Chelsea as Jorginho surprisingly didn’t make the cut for Roberto Mancini’s latest squad.

Fringe Blues defender Emerson will be heading off though as Italy, like all the other European nations on this list, have three World Cup qualifiers to play.

The Azzurri host Northern Ireland in Parma on Thursday, travel to play Bulgaria on Sunday and are then in Lithuania on March 31, all Group C qualifying games.

Bulgaria and Lithuania are not on the red list meaning Emerson will not have to quarantine on his return.


Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea’s Croatian midfielder is also in World Cup qualifying action for his country across the next ten days.

Kovacic will travel to Slovenia for a Group H match on Sunday before the Croat’s have two home games against Cyprus (March 27) and Malta (March 30).

Slovenia is not on the red list for travel so Kovacic will not have to quarantine when he returns to England.

United States

Christian Pulisic

The Blues' USMNT star has been called up for the friendly games against Jamaica and Northern Ireland. Head coach Gregg Berhalter has named a 26-player training camp as the US players gather in Austria, which is not on the UK red list.

Pulisic and his teammates will play Jamaica on March 25 in Wiener Neustadt before travelling to Belfast and Windsor Park to take on Northern Ireland for the first time in 70 years.

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Hakim Ziyech

Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Ziyech will be joining up with Morocco despite many clubs somewhat hesitant to release their players to Africa for AFCON qualifiers as most countries on the continent are on the red list for travel.

Ziyech and Morocco have their final two AFCON 2022 qualifiers to play next week when they travel to Mauritania on Friday (March 26) then host Burundi on March 30.

Burundi is currently on the UK red list but as the game is being played in Morocco then it shouldn’t cause a travel issue for Ziyech. Mauritania is one of a handful of countries on the continent that is not on the red list.

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