Lampard on the mark as England skipper. (©GettyImages)
by Mark Bollons
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It was a busy international weekend for Chelsea players, with mixed fortunes across the globe for some of the club's top names.
Four Blues featured in England's 1-0 victory over Spain at Wembley, with captain Frank Lampard scoring the only goal of the game for the Three Lions. Ashley Cole once again impressed at left-back for Fabio Capello's side.
Both Juan Mata and Fernando Torres were second-half substitutes for Vicente del Bosque's side, but were unable to break the host's resistence. John Terry and Daniel Sturridge were unusued substitute, with both expected to start against Sweden on Tuesday night.
"It is great to beat Spain. They are without doubt the best team in the world and they had a lot of possession and chances but we showed a real spirit. We are not quite yet where we want to be. We know we have to improve but to beat them is a big thing," said Lampard post-match.
In the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Petr Cech was crucial for the Czech Republic in their 2-0 victory over Montenegro, and is now just Tuesday night's second leg away from the tournament proper in Poland & Ukraine.
Raul Meireles is another closing on qualification, although Portugal's job is far from done after a 0-0 draw against Bosnia on Friday night.
Elsewhere, Salomon Kalou came off the bench for Ivory Coast in their 1-1 draw against South Africa, whilst Branislav Ivanovich played 90 minutes in Serbia's 2-0 defeat to Mexico.