Originally Posted by Hazzle
I can't fault any of your thinking. The reason I didn't mention Mikel and Kalou was because they're not "key" players like Drogba and Essien but you're right, they'll be missed. I do love how Kalou was so insistent he would only play international football for Holland (he has Dutch nationality by naturalisation), not the Ivory Coast (where he was born) only to change his mind.
The reason he changed his mind was because the minister of immigration at the time saw no reason to speed up his application just cause he wanted to play football for the Netherlands. I can't fault that reasoning. He's not Dutch, or he wasn't at the time, so what would he be doing in the national team?