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International round-up

Posted on 7 October 2010  - 12:00

A host of our players are now preparing for key qualifying matches on international duty.

International round-up

A host of our players are now preparing for key qualifying matches on international duty.

Eleven players are across Europe for Euro 2012 qualifiers with most playing Friday and Tuesday.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong are with Cameroon for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo on Saturday.

Meanwhile, our younger players face European Championship play-off matches at Under-19 and Under-21 levels.

EURO 2012 QUALIFIERS

Alan Hutton will come face to face with reigning European and World champions Spain at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

That's the second of a tough double-header for Scotland in Group I as they travel to the Czech Republic on Friday. Craig Levein's men top the group at the moment.

Croatia also face a big double-header in Israel on Friday and then at home to Norway on Tuesday in Group F having failed to beat Greece at home last time out.

Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar, Luka Modric and Stipe Pletikosa are all in the squad.

Gareth Bale, fresh from his FAW Player of the Year award, faces Bulgaria at home on Friday and then Switerland away on Tuesday with Wales. Now managed by Brian Flynn, Wales are in England's Group G.

Robbie Keane's Republic of Ireland have made a fine start to top Group B but now face a test against Russia at home on Friday and then World Cup qualifiers Slovakia, who made to the last 16 in South Africa, on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, man-of-the-moment Rafael van der Vaart will look for wins with Holland in Moldova on Friday and at home to Finland on Tuesday in Group E.

Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone and Peter Crouch have to wait until Tuesday for England's Group G fixture against Montenegro at Wembley. Like England, Montenegro have won two in two and are managed by Niko Kranjcar's father, Zlatko.

UNDER-21s/UNDER-19s PLAY-OFFS

Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are in the England Under-21 squad for the European Championship play-offs against Romania.

The first leg is at Norwich City on Friday night with the return in Romania on Tuesday.

There are seven play-offs with the winners joining hosts Denmark in the finals in June next year.

Meanwhile, John Bostock and Harry Kane are in the England squad for the first qualifying round of the Under-19 European Championship.

Qualifying is in two phases - the first sees the Three Lions take on Albania, Belgium and Cyprus in Belgium between Friday and next Wednesday, October 13.

The top two from the group progress to the Elite qualifying round next year.

There is extra Spurs interest as Paul Jose M'poku will turn out for Belgium.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

Sandro is in the Brazil squad for friendlies against Iran on Thursday and Ukraine on Monday while Giovani dos Santos is with Mexico for a friendly against Venezuela in Mexico City on Tuesday.