8.30pm Chelsea news LIVE: Chalobah and James out of England U21 squad, Mount and Abraham compared with Liverpool trio, Abraham warns racists – The Sun

8.30pm Chelsea news LIVE: Chalobah and James out of England U21 squad, Mount and Abraham compared with Liverpool trio, Abraham warns racists – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD praised Tammy Abraham as Chelsea hammered Southampton 4-1.

And it will be England duty this week for the promising striker with games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria – but another Blues forward in Michy Batshuayi could be set for a return to Crystal Palace.

Follow ALL of the latest Blues news, updates and gossip below…

  • REECE JAMES and on-loan star Trevoh Chabolah will not take part in England's under-21 clash with Slovenia.

    The Blues full-back was looking forward to making his under-21 debut but will have to wait after picking up a knock.

    Chalobah is on loan at Huddersfield Town and has withdrawn as a precaution as the Terriers plot a move up the Championship table following a poor start.

  • CHELSEA are “delighted” with the Conor Gallagher's loan spell with Charlton.

    After the club's 2-2 draw with Fulham, Addicks manager Lee Bowyer said: “Conor isn't bad… not a bad player!

    “Has he surprised me? He's scored five goals, one every two games, for a 19-year-old kid who's never played men's football before, he'll surprise anyone.

    “I think he's even surprised Chelsea. I don't think they knew how far he could go so soon.

    “They had people come in on Thursday. Claude Makelele came in to speak to us about the loan, how Conor is getting on, their thoughts on him and they're delighted.”

  • TAMMY ABRAHAM has revealed the Chelsea players are reaping the rewards of Frank Lampard's tough pre-season training.

    He told the Athletic: “I think a lot of players were a bit upset about how much running we had to do in pre-season, but it's all paying off now.

    “It all makes sense why we did it, why we had such a hard pre-season.

    “From when the manager came in he told us the style of play, how he wanted us to play, how to press.

    “At first, I couldn't do it. I had no energy. But as the season has gone on, I've got used to it.

    “Now we know what he wants in the press, so for us, it's about giving defenders no time on the ball – just rushing them.”

  • MASON MOUNT is ready to be handed a full England debut against the Czech Republic.

    Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has been impressed by the Chelsea ace, 20, at St George’s Park this week.

    And that could be bad news for Mount’s Stamford Bridge team-mate Ross Barkley, who looks likely to be relegated to the bench in Prague tomorrow.

    Mount featured as a sub in the Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Bulgaria and Kosovo last month.

    Barkley played in those games but has only started two matches for Chelsea since then — and has been overtaken by hotshot Mount.

    Southgate now sees Mount as a regular starter for the Three Lions, along with fellow youngsters Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho.

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