6 Players Who Can Help Restore Chelsea's English Backbone

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6 Players Who Can Help Restore Chelsea's English Backbone
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Jose Mourinho is proud of his many achievements in management, notably his ability to build success around indigenous talent.

It was one of the traits we saw in his first spell as Chelsea manager, something he reflected on in November 2007 when criticizing Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.

"Unlike Arsenal, [Chelsea] sought success and tried to build it through a concept of the game using English players," Mourinho said at the time, per Daily Mail.

How times change.

Seven years on and outside of Gary Cahill and John Terry, Chelsea have no other English players in their first team.

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have departed this summer, with the likes of Spaniard Cesc Fabregas replacing them.

With such few Englishmen at an elite club such as Chelsea, it must be a major concern for England manager Roy Hodgson. For Chelsea fans wanting to pin their hopes on some local talent, it will be disappointing, too.

The transfer window doesn't close for another two months, though, meaning there is plenty of time for Mourinho to recruit some Englishmen ahead of 2014-15.

Whether he will or not remains to be seen, but here are six English players who can help bolster the homegrown ranks at Stamford Bridge.

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