12pm Chelsea news LIVE: Mount bags in England win, Kante stars for France, Chilwell out with ‘non-Covid illness’ – The Sun

MASON MOUNT was the England hero as the Chelsea youngster hit a winner against Belgium at Wembley.

Meanwhile we have the very latest on Danny Drinkwater's future at the Bridge, while Ben Chilwell missed the Three Lions victory with a 'non-Covid' related illness.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Jake Lambourne

    OUT OF LUK

    Former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has launched a scathing attack on England – claiming Belgium should have been 4-0 UP at half time.

    The Three Lions came from behind to win Sunday's Nations League tie 2-1 at Wembley after former Manchester United striker Lukaku's penalty.

    Lukaku, 27, fumed: “We had lots of chances in the first half, and should have scored more goals. We could have been 3-0 or even 4-0 up by the break. We knew England would only be a danger from set pieces.

    “And we knew that as we'd been awarded a penalty, the ref would gift one to England the moment he got the opportunity to do so. We ought to have been smarter. In the second half we should have pressed England higher up the park, as we have players with pace.

    “But we sat back too much, and we were too far from England's goal when we won the ball back. It was a totally s*** defeat. I tried to link up with my teammates.

    “We put together some decent attacks but didn't manage to score, and in the second half our passes didn't come off. I hope we will be at full strength when we next play England in November. In that case it will be a completely different game.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GILMOUR TRAVELS

    Billy Gilmour could reportedly move on loan from Chelsea in winter window.

    He could leave in the winter window to get some playing time away from the Bridge.

    An agent told The Athletic: “Younger lads that didn’t go on-loan will force a move.

    “The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.

    “Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    STURR CRAZY

    Former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed a 'comeback is near' as the former Liverpool star gets set to return to football.

    The 31-year-old is a free agent having left Trabzonspor in February after being banned from football for four months over a breach of betting rules.

    Sturridge has been linked with FIVE clubs with Rangers, managed by his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard leading the chase.

    The striker uploaded a gif of him doing some floor exercises onto Instagram, captioned: “Still active and focused baby. The comeback is near.”

    Sturridge has been training at non-league Kidsgrove Athletic to keep fit ahead of his next big move.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PUSH 'N PUL

    Chelsea's Christian Pulisic is confident that the new talent at the club will bring them trophies this season.

    After a trophy-less previous season, the Blues spent a staggering £222million this summer to challenge their rivals.

    Pulisic told CBS Sports: “We’ve got a great group of guys, we’re going to compete, and we’re hungry to win titles.

    “Absolutely. Why not? That’s right where we want to be.

    “I think that’s realistic, and we’re gonna compete hard to get those trophies.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey's father Jacob has revealed that Chelsea were keen on signing the midfielder from Atletico Madrid, but they lost out to Arsemal.

    He told Joy Sports: “We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey.

    “We were aware of the [other teams that were interested]: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth.

    “So about all these we knew God was with us. From that minute we started to dance to ‘Party after Party.'”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

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  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUES BATTLE

    Chelsea reportedly face competition from Liverpool in the race to sign Grimsby Town pair Louis Boyd and Ben Grist.

    According to The Athletic, the two teenagers – who are preparing to undertake their GCSEs this year – could leave the club due to Grimsby needing to raise funds.

    The midfielders, both 15, made their debuts earlier this season in the EFL Trophy.

    It has been said that the Blues or the Reds could make a move to sign them either in January on next summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PIAZ TAKERS

    Chelsea outcast Lucas Piazon has lashed out at the club for their loan policy.

    The Blues have owned the Brazilian striker since 2012 which was the last time he played for the West Londoners' first team.

    Piazon, 26, is currently on loan with Portuguese top flight side Rio Ave.

    This is his seventh loan spell since arriving at Chelsea from Sao Paulo in his homeland and the Brazil Under-23 international does not think much of the way the Blues have treated him.

    He told Maisfutebol: “After a certain point the connection is no longer beneficial for both parties.

    “At first, I felt really good. I went through the U-23s, got to the first team and, even in the first loans, I felt Chelsea had expectations and interest in me.

    “I believed I could come back and have opportunities at any time. Later, as time passed, I became just another business for them.

    “They send me out on loan with the expectation of selling me and making some money with me. I think that’s more or less what they think.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    OUT OF JOINT

    Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour could leave on loan in January despite the fact that he remains sidelined until at least December after a horror knee injury.

    Gilmour was forcing his way into Frank Lampard's first team plans when he required surgery after suffering a cruciate injury back in July.

    Chelsea's summer transfer splurge means places in the first-team could be hard to come by.

    And an unnamed football agent said: “Younger lads that didn't go on loan will force a move.

    “The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.

    “Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January.”

  • Joe Miles

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has expressed his joy at being given the iconic number 10 shirt to wear at the club.

    The American international said last week’s match against Crystal Palace where he wore the 10 shirt for the first time was a “proud moment” for him.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has sent a Champions League warning to his squad ahead of their Champions League opener against Sevilla.

    Speaking to the club's official website he said: “I am happy with the draw in the fact that we analysed straightaway the teams we are playing against.

    “So I know a lot of the reaction afterward was what a great draw it is for Chelsea but we can’t approach it with that mindset at all.

    “They are very tough games, all the teams that we play, especially when you are travelling in Europe you always know you are going to get very competitive games.”

    Mason Mount came to England’s rescue when he second half deflected strike put England 2-1 up against Belgium.

    Mount started the game alongside his best friend Declan Rice, there was no one more proud of Mount inside Wembley than his best friend.

  • William Pugh

    TO THE WALL – EXCLUSIVE

    Milwall chief Steve Kavanagh believes the impact on communities will be devastating if EFL clubs go to the wall.

    The Lions bigwig has called on the Government to act swiftly to save Covid-crippled clubs from going bust amid fury over Project Big Picture.

    Speaking to SunSport as part of the Save Our Clubs drive highlighting the work clubs do on and off the field, Kavanagh said: “We’re not just talking about our national sport, the community work done by clubs in this country is vital. It has been for years.

    “Boris Johnson cameto The Den to see it first hand when he was Mayor of London and was highly impressed.

    “And when you take into consideration lockdown and what clubs, including Millwall, did to support their local communities, society and the vulnerable who were scared and did not have food . . . the work that went on was incredible.”

  • William Pugh

    WHAT THE EF-HELL

    Football reacted in fury over a Manchester United and Liverpool-led plot to transform the Premier League.

    The backlash even saw the Government rap plans described as a “hostile takeover” by Prem chiefs.

    Under the proposals drawn up by United — run by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — and the Reds’ US owners, the top flight would be reduced from 20 clubs to 18.

    That would result in four teams going down and two coming up in the season before reform.

    The Carabao Cup and Community Shield would both be scrapped, while EFL clubs are offered an instant £250million bailout payment and promised a quarter of Prem revenues “for 25 years”.

    But the Prem’s voting structure would be torn up to give Big Six clubs an effective veto on ANY major decision.

    And SunSport can also reveal that the rest of the Big Six — Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City — were offered the chance to break away and rejoin the EFL, taking the Premier League’s European spots with them.

  • William Pugh

    MONU-MOUNT-EL

    Mason Mount's deflected effort gave England all three points in their Nations League clash with England at Wembley tonight.

  • Joshua Mbu

    LOAN UNITED

    You could make a half decent top flight team with some of those players.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MOUNT ON ENGLAND WIN & GOAL

    Mason Mount scored the winner in tonight's Nations League clash against Belgium.

    Speaking to Sky Sports % BBCRadio 5 Live after the game, Mount said: “It's a special achievement to score my first goal at Wembley, I found myself in a bit of space and had only one thing on my mind, It took a really big deflection but it doesn’t matter how they go in. I'll take it.

    “Playing at Wembley and scoring against the number one ranked side and getting three points is massive for us. It means so much.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    MOTM

    Mason Mount has been voted tonight's man of the match after his goal won the game for England!

    Top performance from the Chelsea man.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BEST PALS

    Look how happy Declan Rice is for his best friend Mason Mount……

    If Chelsea revisit a deal for Rice in January or next summer, 100 per cent Mount will be a driving factor in the move happening.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FT: ENGLAND 2-1 BELGIUM

    England came from behind to win tonight's crucial Nations League clash against the No1 team in the world!

    Man Utd's Marcus Rashford converted from the spot to cancel out former team-mate Romelu Lukaku's earlier penalty.

    Mason Mount would cap off a good performance as he scored a deflected effort to hand England all three points.

    Good night for Chelsea and Man Utd fans!

    Follow all the latest post match reaction with the live blog.

    FT: ENGLAND 2-1 BELGIUM

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL!

    Chelsea's Mason Mount puts England in front with a deflected effort!

    Follow all the latest with the live blog!

    ENGLAND 2-1 BELGIUM LIVE BLOG

  • Joshua Mbu

    TRANSFORMATION

    Chelsea winger Charly Musonda is working hard to overcome a knee injury which could have prematurely ended his football career.

    The 23-year-old winger has received praise for him desire to return to the game fitter and stronger than ever before.

    Take a look at his transformation.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND VS BELGIUM

    Chelsea's Mason Mount starts for England against Belgium in the Nations League.

    Reece James is also on the bench.

    The game has just kicked off so follow all the latest action with the live blog!

    ENGLAND VS BELGIUM LIVE BLOG

  • Justin Lawrence

    GIROUD FEUD

    Olivier Giroud has reportedly played down his alleged rivalry with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

    In a bid to quell the rumours, he suggested that his France career may have been better if he had frequently played with Benzema.

    In an interview with TF1 he said: “I've always been blamed a little for the absence of Karim in the France team.

    “There's a supposed rivalry, which has been put together from nothing by some people.

    “My career with Les Bleus might have been better by being played in conjunction with Karim Benzema, but we'll never know.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    BLUE NUMBERS

    Chelsea have released their squad numbers for the season after a busy summer transfer window where they spent £222.48million.

    Christian Pulisic has vacated his number 22 jersey for the coveted number 10.

    The number 11 shirt has also a new owner after Pedro's departure.

    1 Kepa Arrizabalaga

    2 Antonio Rudiger

    3 Marcos Alonso

    4 Andreas Christensen

    5 Jorginho

    6 Thiago Silva

    7 N’Golo Kante

    8 Ross Barkley

    9 Tammy Abraham

    10 Christian Pulisic

    11 Timo Werner

    12 Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    13 Willy Caballero

    14 Fikayo Tomori

    15 Kurt Zouma

    16 Edouard Mendy

    17 Mateo Kovacic

    18 Olivier Giroud

    19 Mason Mount

    20 Callum Hudson-Odoi

    21 Ben Chilwell

    22 Hakim Ziyech

    23 Billy Gilmour

    24 Reece James

    28 Cesar Azpilicueta

    29 Kai Havertz

    33 Emerson Palmieri

  • Justin Lawrence

    FRANK WARNING

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has sent a Champions League warning to his squad.

    Lampard is content with the draw but has warned his squad to not get complacent ahead of their Champions League opener against Sevilla.

    >Speaking to the club's official website he said: “I am happy with the draw in the fact that we analysed straightaway the teams we are playing against.

    “So I know a lot of the reaction afterward was what a great draw it is for Chelsea but we can’t approach it with that mindset at all.

    “They are very tough games, all the teams that we play, especially when you are travelling in Europe you always know you are going to get very competitive games.

    “Sevilla won the Europa League last year, and both of the other teams are emerging teams that will cause us a lot of threats and dangers, so let’s see.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    PULISIC PRIDE

    Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has expressed his joy at being given the iconic number 10 shirt to wear at the club.

    The American international said last weeks match against Crystal Palace where he wore the 10 shirt for the first time was as a “proud moment” for him.

    In an interview with CBSS Sports, Pulisic said: “It meant a lot [wearing the 10].

    “It’s no secret that it’s been my favourite number. It’s the number I wanted to be. Now that Willian moved on this season, there was an opportunity there.”

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