N’Golo Kante in action against Real Madrid (Photo by Oscar J. Barroso/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Former England and West Ham striker Dean Ashton believes Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante deserves Ballon d’Or consideration.

Ashton says the midfielder should be in the conversation for the Ballon d’Or.

“N’Golo Kante was definitely on the list before Euro 2020,” he said to TalkSport. “Jorginho should be as well.

“Whether the people who are deciding it look in as much depth as you need to just understand how good Jorginho is, how important he is to Chelsea, how important he is to Italy, that’s just another thing.”

Ashton added: “If you look in depth at Jorginho, he is so important.

“What he does for the side, both defensively and offensively, is so vital to Chelsea and Italy lifting trophies.”

Jorginho has been receiving plenty of praise after his history-making season for both club and country.

The midfielder won the Champions League with Chelsea and also won the Euro 2020 with Italy.

Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should Chelsea go on to win the UEFA Super Cup, that will be a boost of chance for Ballon d’Or for both Kante and Jorginho.

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The Chelsea pair will be expected to rival Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, for the Ballon d’ Or after the Argentine won the Copa America earlier this month.

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