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International round-up

Posted on 6 October 2008  - 12:00

Thirteen of our players are away on international duty and will travel as far and wide as Ukraine and Jamaica over the next nine days.

International round-up

Thirteen of our players are away on international duty and will travel as far and wide as Ukraine and Jamaica over the next nine days.

Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Jamie O'Hara and Fraizer Campbell kick things off on Friday night as part of the England Under-21 squad taking on Wales in the European U21 Championship play-off.

The first leg is in Wales at Cardiff's Ninian Park on Friday before the return at Villa Park on Tuesday week, October 14. There are four play-offs in total and the winners go through to next summer's finals in Sweden.

This Saturday and Wednesday week, October 15, are busy days of World Cup qualifiers.

Jermaine Jenas was named in the England squad on Sunday for matches against Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday and a trip to Belarus next week.

Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter are in the Wales squad for matches against Liechtenstein at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday before a big one in Germany next week.

Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka are with Croatia and will look to recover from the loss against England last time out when they travel to Ukraine on Saturday before facing Andorra at home next week.

Roman Pavlyuchenko's Russia face Germany away and Finland at home while Giovani travels first to Jamaica before facing Paul Stalteri's Canada.

Meanwhile, Didier Zokora only has the one match for Ivory Coast in African qualifying against Madagascar in Abidjan on Saturday.