3 Chelsea Players Called Up To England Squad

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea celebrates his goal with Gary Cahill of Chelsea during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Three Chelsea players have been named to the England squad that will face the Netherlands next Wednesday, the first match after John Terry was stripped of the captaincy for the second time. Perhaps fortunately, Terry is out for several weeks following knee surgery, which rather saves Stuart Pearce fretting over whether to include him in the squad. Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Daniel Sturridge are the Blues that will be involved in the friendly.

That does leave one important omission: Frank Lampard. There's been rumours of a rift between the veteran midfielder and Andre Villas-Boas, and his lack of playing time could easily lead to him missing out on the European Championships this summer*. I can't imagine being dropped from the squad for a friendly will make Lampard and more cheerful in the Chelsea camp.

*In my opinion, he probably shouldn't be playing in the Euros anyway, but I guarantee that Lampard disagrees with me there.

Full squad after the jump...

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

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