Chelsea Players We Can Expect to See at Euro 2016

With the majority of nations only having two games left to play before the end of the group stages of qualifying for Euro 2016, we’re getting a good picture of some of the countries that will and won’t be competing in France next summer.

England booked their spot at the tournament this past week, joined by Austria, the Czech Republic and Iceland as the four confirmed qualifiers. Many countries are close to confirming their spot in their penultimate or final game next month with only the Netherlands in a real spot of bother amongst the major nations.

England’s strong qualifying performances won’t see them as automatic Euro 2016 betting favourites but with traditional powerhouses not enjoying the easiest of rides, there is quiet optimism within English ranks of a strong, knockouts finish. You can follow Euro 2016 on William Hill for the latest betting odds – for England, Belgium, Spain and France – all countries with notable Chelsea players in their starting lineups.

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Here’s a look at the current Chelsea squad that we should see called up into action over the summer:

Belgium

Thibaut Courtois – The Belgian’s number one goalkeeper and will be for a very long time. Thibaut Courtois gained experience at the World Cup in Brazil, helping his side reach the quarter-finals. That will be the minimum expectation from this squad once again, who on paper should be good enough to reach the final four.

Eden Hazard – Last season’s Premier League Player of the Season will be expected to be one of the stars next summer when Belgium qualify, currently four points ahead of Israel in third place. If the squad is healthy, Belgium have a very strong starting XI, but a defeat to Wales in qualifying has had some question the capabilities of head coach Marc Wilmots.

England

Gary Cahill – As has been the case for the past few tournaments, England breezed through qualifying and looked like they were never in doubt after winning their opener in Switzerland. Turning up at tournaments has been a different thing completely in the last couple though. Gary Cahill is Roy Hodgson’s vice-captain and although his position is under threat at Chelsea currently, he’s England’s best central defender.

France

Loïc Rémy – A long shot at making the squad is striker Loïc Rémy who is Chelsea’s third choice this season following the arrival of Radamel Falcao. His seven goals in 31 caps for the French national team doesn’t help either. Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir is just some of the competition he faces for a place in Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad.

Kurt Zouma – Deschamps only has friendlies to work out which players to serve him at home next summer. Young centre-back Kurt Zouma only has one cap to date but with the prospect of seeing a lot more game time at Stamford Bridge this season will increase his chances of featuring at Euro 2016. Game time won’t be easy for Zouma though who’s competing with the likes of Raphaël Varane, Laurent Koscielny and Eliaquim Mangala.

Spain

César Azpilicueta – Facing a lot of competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid full-backs in particular, Chelsea’s left-back only has 10 caps at the age of 26. However, César Azpilicueta should be selected by Vicente del Bosque as he’s one of the top defenders in the Premier League and offers the Spanish coach good versatility.

Diego Costa – Arguably Spain’s only top out-and-out striker at the moment, although Valencia’s Paco Alcácer is coming through nicely. Another season like last from Diego Costa and he’ll be pencilled in as the starter for Spain next summer. Will want to impress in France too after a terrible World Cup in 2014.

Cesc Fàbregas – A regular in the Spanish side and is on course to have a century of caps before the tournament begins. Still only 28, Cesc Fàbregas has won this tournament twice and can be expected to be one of the stars of the tournament. Spain will be amongst the favourites once again having won the two previous European Championships.

Pedro – Chelsea’s new boy was Spain’s top scorer in 2012 when he scored seven of his 16 goals in that calendar year, going on to win the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine that same year. One of the best footballer’s in the world, he’ll be pushing for a place in del Bosque’s starting XI, competing with a bunch of talented playmakers that the defending European champions boast.

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