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Chelsea trio called up for England

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I hate writing these posts mid-season, because they're a sign that international breaks are upon us. And international breaks are pretty much the worst things in the world. Also they're boring and formulaic. Here's what you need to know: Three Chelsea players have been called up to the England squad by Roy Hogdson -- Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. John Terry is not included because he has retired from international duty.

There are 27 other players in the England squad to face Denmark on March 5th, some of whom have presumably been included as a practical joke. Here's the full list:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

Excitement abounds.