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Chelsea morning headlines as West Ham close door on Declan Rice transfer, big Wayne Rooney claim

Here are the Chelsea morning headlines on Monday October 26th.

Rooney believes Abraham had England edge

Former England international striker Wayne Rooney feels Tammy Abraham was fortunate to receive a senior England call-up, and that it hinged on his club side being London-based.

Writing in his column for the Times , Rooney digressed: “I’ve always thought young lads from the north have to work harder to get their England opportunities than boys from the big southern clubs.”

He goes on to claim that Dominic Calvert-Lewin should perhaps have been in line for a call-up ahead of Abraham, but because he played for the less-fashionable Everton – a club dear to Rooney’s heart – he was overlooked.

This does not quite tally with the recent call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s squad, though. Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were both called up to the seniors in September, despite playing for Manchester clubs, while Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling have both been mainstays for a number of years now.

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker has been a regular for England, despite calls for him to be dropped, while Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is another England stalwart under Southgate.

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Lampard pleased with Chelsea attack despite stalemate

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has no concerns over his big-money attacking trio finding it difficult to score at Old Trafford last weekend.

The ex-Blues midfielder revealed he was “very happy” with his attacking setup, owing to their returns in recent weeks, which included two Timo Werner strikes against Southampton.

Lampard explained he was understanding of the need to build partnerships between his new star men, regardless of their individual qualities.

“I’m least worried about the front end of the pitch and the players that we have there. It’s normal it will take some time for…

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