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Chelsea International Call-Ups: Frank Lampard, England Captain?

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Frank Lampard could captain England for the first time in his career on Wednesday as a result of Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand being unavailable, with Wayne Rooney apparently in the running. It would be just reward for the Chelsea talisman who has been one of the most consistent performers in English football at the highest level over the last decade.

As well as England's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen which will also probably feature John Terry and Ashley Cole, there are a number of Chelsea players on international duty around the world. Join us over the jump to find out what other Chelsea players are in international contention this week

Croatia vs. Czech Republic - The Czech Republic's footballer of the year Petr Cech is likely to play between the sticks in this one as both nations continue to prove themselves as upcoming European teams.

France vs. Brazil - Florent Malouda could well be playing against team mates Ramires and newcomer David Luiz in what could be a cracking match.

Switzerland vs. Portugal - Jose Bosingwa will probably be in action against a young Swiss team.

Israel vs. Serbia - Branislac Ivanovic is likely to play in his preferred centre-half position in what could be an interesting match between two squads in flux.

Spain vs. Colombia - Fernando Torres will be looking to bag a goal or two as Chelsea's new hit man looks to regain form.

Ivory Coast vs. Mali - Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou look set to remain integral parts of the Ivorian squad.

Nigeria vs. Sierra Leone - A slowly improving John Obi Mikel is likely to play a major part in this game as the youngsters continues to emerge as one of the most promising Nigerian players in recent history.

Chelsea's Academy prospects could also be in U21 action: Josh McEachran is likely to represent England's youth team against Italy U21's, with Jeffrey Bruma and Patrick Van Aanholt selected for the Dutch U21 squad to play against the Czech Republican's youngsters. Finally, Conor Clifford could play for the Republic of Ireland's U21's against Cyprus and Milan Lalkovic may play for France against Slovakia.

All in all, a busy shift for Chelsea's players young and old. Hopefully Torres can hit some good form again and bag a few goals, while the sight of Lampard as England Captain would be a great one to see even if it was just a one-off.

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