How can QPR have more England squad members than Chelsea?

Roy Hodgson

The two West London sides finished at opposite ends of the Premier League this season, so why isn't that reflected in Roy Hodgson's England squad?

Roy Hodgson's England squad for the upcoming games against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia are notable for one strange fact - there are more players selected from the Premier League's bottom club Queens Park Rangers than there are from Premier League champions Chelsea

QPR have Rob Green and Charlie Austin in England's 23-man squad, while Chelsea have just Gary Cahill selected.

Of course, whether this emphasises anything about the lack of English players at Chelsea Football club, the plethora of Englishman at Loftus Road or any possible debate over whether QPR were the top flight's worst team this season, or instead the quality of English football right now, it is an unusual observation that is not reproduced in any other nation.

Take a look at the Spanish, Italian, German and French teams, and see what the ratio is of players from Cordoba, Parma, Paderborn and Lens compared to Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Gone are the days when Chelsea boasted several England stars in their midst. With John Terry retired from international duty and the likes of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard departed, the Blues have just one player who can realistically expect to be a regular selection in Cahill.

Aside from the two central defenders, Chelsea don't even have any genuine first-team players who are English in their squad. Though in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dominic Solanke and Isiah Brown, they have three of the country's most promising youngsters, the trio are a long way away from being regular contributors under Jose Mourinho, let alone capable of breaking into Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Arguably, the Blues' best bets of international football for Chelsea are Nathaniel Chalobah and Patrick Bamford, neither of whom were good enough to make the club's squad this year, but until then, England supporters will have to put up with a minimal number of Chelsea players in the squad, and whatever that means for Premier League clubs and the national team.

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