Only nine players have ever won the European Cup and European Championship in the same summer.
The first player to achieve this double triumph was Luis Suarez in 1964 who won the European Cup as his Inter Milan side beat Real Madrid before being part of the Spain squad who saw off the Soviet Union later that year.
In the coming week, Mason Mount, Recce James, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Jorginho have the opportunity to add their name to a list that includes former Chelsea players Fernando Torres and Juan Mata who claimed the European Championship in 2012 with Spain.
Despite featuring for Italy in the Euros, Emerson will be unable to add his name to the list even if Italy win their first European Championship since 1968 as he did not appear in the Champions League final.
With the four remaining sides all having players who could achieve this rare feat, it will mark a third consecutive championship that someone has claimed a European double with Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and the Euros with Portugal in 2016.
It is remarkable to have every semi-finalist accounted for but it’s even more remarkable that all those players all play for the same club side.
England fans will be well aware of the talents of James, Chilwell and Mount although it is only the latter who has appeared consistently at the European Championships.
If the Gareth Southgate’s side did lift their first major trophy since 1966, the Chelsea trio would be the highest number of players from a single club to do so since Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle, Gerald Vanenburg (PSV Eindhoven & Netherlands) claimed the double in 1988.
Once seen by some as just a regular in the Chelsea team due to his relationship with Frank Lampard who was also his manager at Derby County in 2018/19 but it shows his talent that Gareth Southgate sees him as integral at international level as well as current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
The 22-year-old has started three of England’s five matches at the championships, only missing the Scotland match due to breaching covid protocol.
During Chelsea’s successful Champions League run, the Portsmouth-born midfielder impressed in the biggest games, scoring his first European goal against Porto in the quarter-finals, homeand away against Real Madrid in the last four before assisting Kai Havertz’s winner in the finalover Manchester City.