Chelsea midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka has barely played for the Blues this campaign, but he has been pulled out of Ian Foster’s England Under-20s World Cup squad
Frank Lampard has defended Chelsea’s decision to pull Carney Chukwuemeka out of England’s Under-20s World Cup squad despite the fact he has barely played for the Blues this season.
The 19-year-old had been selected as part of Ian Foster’s group for the tournament in Argentina and was due to jet out with the rest of the Young Lions on Tuesday.
However, injuries to N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic forced Lampard and Chelsea to block his departure, even though he would have gained valuable experience and playing time from the trip.
“One of the situations with Carney is that he has come into a club, it was a big move for him and this season he hasn’t managed to get so many minutes. But hopefully, there’s an opportunity in these three games for him.
“He’s our player and where we have lost players we need him to stay. Also, there’s a possibility he can join up at the end of the season if the team get through to the next stages so that might mean the best of both worlds in an ideal way.
“But he is our player and we had to make that decision. I felt a bit for Carney, he was keen to go, but at the same time what happened meant he had to stay.”
England cannot insist that Chukwuemeka, who has been limited largely to substitute appearances since joining from Aston Villa last summer, joins up given the tournament is being held outside of an international window.
It is a blow for Foster, however, as the fact he isn’t injured means he is not allowed to call up a replacement.