Gary Cahill has told The FA’s official website that he is looking forward to this evening’s crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley, where England take on Poland.
The Chelsea defender is in line to win his 21st full international cap this evening, and is set to come up against one of the hottest properties in European football – reported Blues transfer target Robert Lewandowski.
Over the past six England games, Cahill has formed a solid partnership with Everton’s Phil Jagielka, keeping clean sheets against Ukraine and Moldova in that time.
Another shut out tonight will give Roy Hodgson’s men the chance to grab the three points needed to guarantee their place at the final’s in Brazil next summer.
If England fail to win, they will almost certainly have to go through the play-offs with second place Ukraine facing Group H whipping boys San Marino.
Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne has insisted that he is not on the verge of moving away from Stamford Bridge, ESPN understands.
The Belgium international has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga, where he enjoyed a successful stint last season, after being frozen out of Jose Mourinho’s first team following a poor performance against Swindon Town in the League Cup last month.
Chelsea will be without midfield Eden Hazard for this evening’s Champions League clash against Steaua Bucharest.
Fernando Torres is included in the squad despite facing a domestic ban after clashing with Jan Vertonghen in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, though Marco Van Ginkel is out for most of the season.
The club were defeated on their last visit to Steaua’s National Arena – losing 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last sixteen tie before running out 3-1 winners in the second leg en route to clinching the trophy.
Kevin De Bruyne has not made the trip to Romania after failing to impress manager Jose Mourinho.
The 22 year old has been forced to train with the Under 21 squad following his poor performance against Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round a week ago, according to the Mail Online.
The Belgium international is said to be unhappy with the treatment he has received having rejected the chance to move permanently to the Bundesliga during the summer.
He impressed on a season-long loan with Werder Bremen last term, but it was Borussia Dortmund who wanted to secure his services during the recently closed transfer window.
Chelsea midfielder Marco Van Ginkel looks set to miss the rest of the season, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in Tuesday evening’s victory over Swindon Town.
The Dutch international has played little under one hundred minutes over four appearances for the Blues so far this season –his first in English football, and it has been revealed that his brief stint midweek will be his last action for six to nine months.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will travel to Arsenal in the pick of the Capital One Cup fourth round ties, with the game set to take place on either the 29th or 30th of October.
Elsewhere, Juan Mata has revealed that he has worked hard to improve his game, and that he hopes his versatility will see him become more involved in the first team, Sky Sports understands.
The Spain international made only his third start of the season two days ago, and is keen to continue playing a star role.
Nevertheless, the two time Blues Player of the Year continues to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the 25 year old, though it his former club Valencia who appear to be the current front runners to secure his services, should he be sold.
Chelsea booked their place in the fourth round of the League Cup with a comfortable 2-0 win at League One side Swindon Town.
First half goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires were enough to secure victory for the Blues, who will find out their opponents in the fourth round this evening.
The opener was Torres’ first domestic goal of the season, but his most impressive moment in the game came in the build-up to his side’s second.
The Spaniard was composed in possession before slipping in Ramires, who dinked the ball past goalkeeper Wes Foderingham to put the result beyond doubt.
However, the result came at a heavy price, as the visitors lost new signing Marco Van Ginkel to injury just ten minutes into the game.
The Netherlands international, who was making only his second start since signing from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer, fell awkwardly following a challenge with Swindon’s Alex Pritchard.
Assistant first-team coach Steve Holland told the Metro that the club will have more information this (Wednesday) afternoon once they have the results of his scan.
Meanwhile, the Blues will fight it out with a number of their Premier League rivals in the battle to sign Andrea Pirlo next summer, the Daily Star understands.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring the Italy international’s situation following reports that he will not be offered a new contract by the Serie A champions.
Chelsea are set to make several changes for tonight’s visit to Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz, Michael Essien and Juan Mata are all likely to come into the starting line-up, while Mark Schwarzer could be handed his debut for the club.
The veteran Australian goalkeeper was part of the Middlesbrough team that won the League Cup in the 2003/04 campaign.
Meanwhile, Azpilicueta has emerged as a potential transfer target for Barcelona, the Metro understands.
The La Liga champions could be forced to recruit a defender if Arsenal and Liverpool target Martin Montoya moves away from the club.
Azpilicutea made forty-seven appearances in all competitions last season, but has barely featured for the Blues since Jose Mourinho returned to the club as manager.
Elsewhere, three former Blues players are among the favourites to become the new Sunderland manager, following Paolo Di Canio’s sacking on Sunday evening.
Roberto Di Matteo, who won the FA Cup and Champions League in a short spell as manager at Stamford Bridge is the currently leading the market, while Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Gus Poyet, who is currently out of work, are also in the running.
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Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge – a result which took them, albeit momentarily to the top of the Premier League.
They ended the weekend in fourth place following wins for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, but can reclaim top spot with three points against Spurs next time out.
The Blues had to wait until seven minutes into the second half for the breakthrough, when Brazil international Oscar fired in from close range.
Their advantage was doubled when Jon Obi Mikel grabbed his first league goal for the club six minutes from time.
Juan Mata was again absent from proceedings, but is set to play in the club’s Capital One Cup third round tie at Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.
The Spain international has barely featured under Jose Mourinho, despite clinching the teams Player of the Year in both of his seasons with the club so far.
Meanwhile, Josh McEachran has joined Championship side Watford on loan until January 2nd, according to Sky Sports.
The 20 year old spent the majority of last season with Middlesbrough, where he made thirty-eight appearances, and has also spent time at Swansea City since his last appearance for Chelsea.
Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o, the Mail Online understands.
The Cameroon international is expected to sign a one-year deal worth around £7m on Thursday, in a move that will see him reunited with manager Jose Mourinho, who he played under during Inter Milan’s treble winning 2009/10 campaign.
Eto’o will also take a £10m-a-year pay cut to join up with the Blues, after Anzhi had made him the best paid player in world football when they signed him two years ago.
The deal all but confirms the end of the clubs pursuit of Wayne Rooney, who looks likely to remain with Manchester United.
Elsewhere, former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has confirmed that he will not be retiring, the Daily Star understands.
It had been thought that the 34 year old was ready to call time on his career following the death of his close friend and agent Eric Manasse.
Meanwhile, while the Blues wait to see who they will be drawn against in the group stages of the Champions League, the club have discovered their opponents in the third round of the League Cup.
Jose Mourinho’s men will travel to Swindon Town in the week commencing 23rd September.