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Chelsea trio called up to England U21 national team

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We have more good news at the youth front, and this time at the international level as young Chelsea midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker were called up to represent the U21 English Team by coach Gareth Southgate for their game against Kazakhstan. While Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek have been regulars for the side, Lewis Baker is making a return to the squad, getting another possibility of winning his first cap at the level. Southgate offered his reasoning behind calling Baker after a year's absence.

"[...] We've got Lewis Baker coming back, who has been with this group before and has now settled really well at Vitesse Arnhem, where he's playing every week in Eredivisie so I'm looking forward to seeing his progression.

"He's a player that throughout U19s and U20s we've always liked and playing regular first-team football is good for him.

"He's shown a maturity in adapting to a new league and country and he's not somebody that we've ever taken our eye off, but it was important to let him settle into that environment and it's a good moment for us to have another look at him."

-Gareth Southgate; source: The FA

As for the Three Lions' first-team, Gary Cahill continues to be Chelsea's lone representative in the squad, with former Chelsea player and Champions League winner Ryan Bertrand also making the rounds.

Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma was called-up again by French coach Didier Deschamps to join Les Bleus after leaving the national team early last month due to his first child's birth, and Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omeruo -- on loan in Turkey -- will miss Nigeria's next international games due to injury, while John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will be making a return to the Super Eagles after their absence in the September games.