A handful of players turn into a different beast altogether when they represent their country.

Miroslav Klose is Germany’s all-time top goalscorer without a truly elite club record to match, while Olivier Giroud, second on the France scoring chart ahead of Michel Platini, has struggled to find regular playing time at club level in recent years.

For Italy, that man is midfield metronome Jorginho, as key a figure as anyone for the Azzurri as they look to win their second European Championship when they play England in Sunday’s final at Wembley.

At Chelsea, even his own fans have struggled to warm to Jorginho since he signed from Napoli in 2018, with many pointing to a perceived laborious style in possession. The pundit reaction has been far from complimentary, too.

Even before May’s Champions League final, when Chelsea beat Manchester City with Jorginho at the heart of midfield, former…

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