England stars to quit Chelsea US tour early

Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill. Photo: PA

Chelsea's England players will leave the club's post-season United States tour following the first of two friendlies with Manchester City, defender Gary Cahill has confirmed.

Midfielder Frank Lampard, left-back Ashley Cole and Cahill on Monday travelled to St Louis with Rafael Benitez's Europa League-winning squad and will be available for tomorrow's friendly with City before returning to London to join up with England.

Cahill said on chelseafc.com: "We will train for the next couple of days and will be involved in the game on Thursday and then fly back on Friday."

The United States trip, which features a second friendly with City on Saturday in New York, comes at the end of Chelsea's 69-match season which saw them finish third in the Premier League and ahead of England matches with the Republic of Ireland and in Brazil.

"It's not stopped yet," added Cahill, who was absent for England duty in March with a knee injury.

"I finish totally on June 3 I think. I'm looking forward to the internationals because I missed the last ones with injury, but then looking forward to a rest at the end of what's been a long season."

Cahill reflected on a successful end to another tumultuous season at Stamford Bridge.

"I think you have to say we finished strongly," he said.

"We got the third position we were aiming for and achieved what we wanted there, and we finished with a trophy.

"We had ups and downs but like last year we finished well and we can be pleased.

"You've got to judge it by where you are in the league at certain stages.

"At three quarters of the way we were looking for third and we managed to achieve that.

"After we went out of the FA Cup we had one trophy left and it was important to pick up some silverware."

Benitez's final match in charge is the New York clash with City, before Chelsea appoint a new boss, with departing Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho expected to return to Stamford Bridge.