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Posted on 2 September 2015  - 11:07

Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Heung-Min Son are among a number of our players reporting for international duty this week.

Heung-Min Son celebrates scoring for South Korea against Australia earlier this yearToby Alderweireld on Belgium duty against France earlier in 2015Kevin Wimmer in Austria colours

Toby joins central defensive partner Jan Vertonghen and attacking midfielder Nacer Chadli in the Belgium squad for back-to-back Euro 2016 qualifiers, Kevin is with Austria in the same competition, while Sonny is with South Korea for 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Laos and Lebanon.

Indeed, qualifying for major tournaments is the name of the game for many of our lads representing their countries over the next few days.

There’s sure to be a lot of attention on Group B in Euro 2016 qualifying – with Ben Davies’ Wales currently in pole position, with Belgium close behind in second.

Ben is with the Welsh squad for an away match against Cyprus on Thursday, September 3, followed by a home game against Israel on Sunday, September 6, as they look to keep themselves on top of the pile, while Belgium – with the above named trio in their ranks – are at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina and away to Cyprus on the same two matchdays.

Christian Eriksen’s Denmark are second in Group I as they go into a home match against Albania on Friday, September 4, before visiting Armenia on Monday, September 7, while Kevin is with the Austria squad for a home match against Moldova on Saturday, September 5, followed by trip to Sweden on Tuesday, September 8, as they look to hold onto top spot in Group G.

Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, meanwhile, are with England as they take on San Marino away on Saturday, September 5, before hosting Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday, September 8. The Three Lions currently top Group B by six points and can secure their place at next summer’s tournament finals with positive results this week.

Away from the Euro 2016 qualifying scene, Sonny’s South Korea host Laos on Thursday, September 3, before visiting Lebanon on Tuesday, September 8, in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while international friendlies are on the agenda for Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and DeAndre Yedlin.

Hugo is with France for an away trip to Portugal on Friday, September 4, followed by a home match against Serbia on Monday, September 7, Erik’s Argentina face away matches against Bolivia (Friday, September 4) and Mexico (Tuesday, September 8), while on-loan DeAndre is with the US squad for home friendlies against Peru and Brazil on the latter two dates.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Togo face an away match against Djibouti in qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday, September 4.

At Under-21 level, Dele Alli and Eric Dier have been named in the England Under-21s squad for a home match against USA Under-23s – a side which includes young defender Cameron Carter-Vickers – on Thursday, September 3, before travelling to Norway for a European qualifier on Monday, September 7. Cameron and the States also face Qatar Under-22s on Tuesday, September 8.

Milos Veljkovic, meanwhile, is with Serbia Under-21s for a home European qualifier against Lithuania – also on Tuesday, September 8.

Back to the England youth set-up and there’s back-to-back home friendlies against Czech Republic for England Under-20s, who include Harry Winks among their number, on Saturday, September 5, and Monday, September 7, while Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters have been named in the England Under-19s squad for away friendlies against Germany (Friday, September 4) and Croatia (Monday, September 7).

Marcus Edwards and Alfie Whiteman, meanwhile, are with England Under-18s for consecutive away friendlies against the Netherlands on Thursday, September 3, and Saturday, September 5.

Last week, youngsters Keanan Bennetts, Jaden Brown and Samuel Shashoua represented England Under-17s at the FA International Tournament. Samuel was on target in a 2-1 win over Turkey.