Chelsea latest: Internationals, Schneider rumour, Schurrle selfie

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Andre Schurrle led the international plaudits this week as the German helped his side come from two goals down to beat Sweden by an eventual 5-3 scoreline, with the Chelsea attacker returning three himself.

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Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard both featured for England, with the Three Lions progressing to the World Cup finals at the expense of Poland, Juan Mata scored for Spain, while Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard kitted out for Belgium.

Elsewhere, Petr Cech kept his sheet clean against Buglaria, Michael Essien participated in the full 90 versus Egypt and Branislav Ivanovic was part of the Serbia team who mauled Macedonia at home.

With international football replaced with club football, the mainstream press have returned their attention toward the Premier League, beginning the January rumour mill two and a half months ahead of the official opening of winter window trading.

If there is one area of the park where Chelsea are congested, it is the final third… the line behind the striker, with Juan Mata, Willian, Schurrle, Hazard and Oscar all competing for a limited number of positions in Jose Mourinho's first-team selections.

A number of publications disagree, and believe there is merit in the possibility of Wesley Sneijder transferring from Galatasaray to Stamford Bridge. Although the speculation was aided by Netherlands meastro Luis Van Gaal himself, who is quoted to have told TalkSport: 'I know Chelsea and Jose Mourinho want Sneijder. In my opinion, if possible Sneijder should leave Galatasaray and join Chelsea.

'Playing under Mourinho again would improve his performances and help him regain his form for the national team.'

However, if Chelsea wanted a younger option, they could move for Julian Draxler, of Schalke, who reportedly told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger: 'The big two in Spain, Real and Barcelona, Bayern [Munich] and a few others from England, namely Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea [interest me].'

And finally… as promised in the headline, Schurrle took a selfie:

image: © Ben Sutherland

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