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Midweek internationals - preview

Posted on 4 March 2014  - 15:59

The countdown to this summer’s FIFA World Cup finals continues this week with a host of international friendlies – and several Spurs players are on duty for their respective countries.

Gylfi at Iceland trainingAndros is in the England squad for the Denmark friendlyJan's in the Belgium squad for their Ivory Coast friendlyHarry training with England Under-21s this week

Andros Townsend is in contention for England – who have this week trained at Hotspur Way – for their game against Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

The flying winger exploded onto the senior international last year, scoring on his debut against Montenegro before impressing in the subsequent games – and it’s that kind of sparkling form that he’ll be looking to recapture under the famous Arch this week.

Christian Eriksen , who missed Sunday’s win against Cardiff with a back injury, has joined up with the Danish squad, where he is being assessed further ahead of the friendly.

Wednesday is a busy night of fixtures across Europe and beyond; goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is on duty as France play host to Holland while Gylfi Sigurdsson’s Iceland visit Wales.

Jan Vertonghen , Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli are in Belgium’s squad for their home friendly against Ivory Coast, and Paulinho is part of the Brazil squad that’s travelled to face South Africa.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto , currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers, is in contention for Cameroon’s away game in Portugal while Nabil Bentaleb could make his debut for Algeria after being named in the squad for their home match against Slovenia.

There’s also a series of Under-21 matches taking place on Wednesday night – and again there’s a handful of Tottenham Hotspur players involved.

Harry Kane and Tom Carroll – who, like Benoit, is currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers – are in contention for England Under-21s as they take on Wales in their latest UEFA European Championship qualifier.

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer, meanwhile, is with Scotland Under-21s for their home friendly against Hungary, while Kenneth McEvoy is in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad as they prepare to host Montenegro.

Elsewhere, Milos Veljkovic is with Serbia Under-19s for consecutive friendly matches against Czech Republic today (Tuesday) and Thursday while Will Miller, Nathan Oduwa, Emmanuel Sonupe and Harry Winks are in the England Under-18s squad for their friendly double-header opposite Croatia this week.

The first of their two encounters took place at St George’s Park on Monday, with Emmanuel coming on as a second half substitute. The match ended 2-1 to Croatia, with the second meeting taking place on Wednesday.

Josh Onomah , meanwhile, played 90 minutes for England Under-17s in their 1-0 defeat to Germany in the Algarve on Sunday.