Two Chelsea players at opposite ends of their careers enjoyed nights to remember on the international stage this week.

Reece James and Olivier Giroud might be on the same wavelength at Stamford Bridge, but their respective international careers are poles apart.

It’s been an exciting week for Reece James and his family, with the 20-year-old earning his first England call up.

Ironically, James’ call up was down to the misbehaviour of some of his clubmates, whose withdrawal from the England camp due to a breach of coronavirus protocol left gaps in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

A surprise birthday party for Blues teammate Tammy Abraham was deemed to have been against Covid-19 guidelines, with Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell also attending and having to self-isolate along with Abraham and Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Step up Reece James, who earned his first England cap off the bench in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Wales at Wembley to mark the start of a fledgling international career.

Fellow Chelsea man Olivier Giroud meanwhile earned his 100th cap for France on Wednesday night in a 7-1 crushing of Ukraine in Paris.

Not only did the striker reach the century of senior international appearances, but he also marked it with a brace.

The 34-year-old may well be steps ahead of Reece James in terms of experience, but his swivelling left-footed strike fizzed past the goalkeeper and rippled the Ukraine net for his first goal, a strike more resemblant of someone 15-years his junior.

The evergreen hitman’s double takes him to 42 goals for Les Blues, just 9 behind Thierry Henry in the all-time French goalscoring charts.

And with Giroud still looking fresh as a daisy, you’d back him to beat that tally – just as you’d back Reece James to continue his pathway to a long and successful career, much like the Frenchman.

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