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Ryan Bertrand baffled by latest England omission

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Chelsea outcast Ryan Bertrand is at a loss to explain his latest omission from the England national team, after making an impressive start to his season-long loan at Southampton. (The Mirror)

The 25-year-old full-back has been a virtual ever present in Ronald Koeman's team, and has played an integral role in the Saints climb to second in the Premier League table.

Part of the stingiest defence in the country that has conceded just five league goals this season, Bertrand has also made a positive contribution going forward with typically marauding runs down the left flank.

However, with fierce competition for places in his position, Roy Hodgson has continued to overlook the Stamford Bridge product in favour of picking Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw and Kieran Gibbs in his latest Three Lions squad.

Bertrand is staying positive, though, and is adamant that a continued run of form at St Mary's will help force his way into the England set-up, and will also send a message to Jose Mourinho that he was wrong to let him leave west London.

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"Am I disappointed not to be in this England squad? Yeah, very," he said. "I've started the season very well and we're second in the Premier League, so I don't know what the criteria are to get in there at the minute.

"I do feel I'll get a chance if I keep performing for my club - or that's what I thought - but at the end of the day, it's not down to me.

"I definitely feel I can still achieve it this season. I feel like I should have achieved it already, so hopefully it will come."

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Chelsea winger Willian has admitted he would be much happier at Stamford Bridge if he scored more goals for Jose Mourinho's team. (The Express)

The Brazil international has netted just once in the Premier League this term, but has set his sights on a bigger contribution if he can nail down a regular place in the Blues line-up.

Chelsea have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of Sami Khedira after Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted the Germany international could make a Premier League move in January. (Daily Star)

The World Cup winning midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge - amongst other clubs - and Jose Mourinho might look to negotiate the deal at the turn of the year.

Barcelona could appoint Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as manager if Joan Laporta wins the Catalan club's presidential elections. (The Metro)

The Portuguese coach has emerged as a crucial part of Laporta's bid to be re-elected at Camp Nou, and could be targeted for a surprise Stamford Bridge exit to replace Luis Enrique.

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has revealed why Andre Villas-Boas failed at Stamford Bridge, claiming the Portuguese coach never had the full backing of the dressing room. (ESPN)

His ill-fated spell in west London was ended after just nine months in charge, and Cole blames some of the players' attitudes as the main reason for AVB's downfall.

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