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Chelsea will be at full strength for New England Revolution friendly

Chelsea’s announced roster for the May friendly is a who’s who of stars.

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Aug 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chelsea fans at the Guiness International Champions Cup match with Inter Milan. (Tom Russo-USA TODAY Sports)

English super club Chelsea should be at full strength when it faces the New England Revolution in a friendly May 15 at Gillette Stadium.

The Blues, who are currently fourth in the Premier League standings and are vying for a spot in next season’s Champions League, announced their 23-man roster for the match Monday afternoon.

The exhibition, which is being called “The Final Whistle on Hate,” is meant to raise awareness for worldwide hate crimes and provide financial support for non-profits that combat antisemitism. Both Revolution owner Robert Kraft and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich are Jewish.

Chelsea’s roster contains a who’s who of international soccer stars.

Midfielder N’Golo Kante of France and forward Eden Hazard of Belgium, both of whom were named to the FIFA FIFpro World XI last year, will make the trip. Hazard has 13 assists in the Premier League so far this season, which is currently tied for the most in the EPL. He also leads Chelsea with 16 league goals.

Hazard, plus goalkeeper Robert Green (England), midfielder Ross Barkley (England), forward Olivier Giroud (France), and defenders Gary Cahill (England), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain), and David Luiz (Brazil) are all Premier League veterans who have been in the league at least since Revolution coach Brad Friedel was last an active player – with Tottenham, in 2012.

Spanish midfielder Pedro will also make his first visit to Gillette Stadium since June 4, 2011, when he was an unused substitute for a friendly Spain won against the U.S. men’s national team, 4-0.

Chelsea’s last visit to Foxborough came on July 24, 2005 when it defeated AC Milan 1-0 in front of an announced crowd of 26,208.

Bringing such a strong squad to play the Revolution will make for an entertaining spectacle, but carries some risk. Chelsea will arrive in Boston less than three days after playing Leicester City in their season finale at King Power Stadium. There could be a lot on the line for that match, as Arsenal and Manchester United are still within striking distance of Chelsea, which occupies the fourth and final automatic Champions League berth in the EPL table.

Two weeks after visiting New England, Chelsea could be set to play in the May 29 Europa League final. The Blues are currently in the tournament’s two-legged semifinals against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Chelsea’s 23-man roster for their friendly against New England

GOALKEEPERS (3): Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green

DEFENDERS (9): Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Davide Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri, Gary Cahill, Marcos Alonso, Ethan Ampadu

MIDFIELDERS (6): Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater

FORWARDS (5): Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Willian




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