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Posted on 2 September 2011  - 12:00

No less than 12 of our players are in international action over the weekend as Euro 2012 and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying reaches the nitty gritty.

No less than 12 of our players are in international action over the weekend as Euro 2012 and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying reaches the nitty gritty.

Jermain Defoe is joined by new Spurs team-mate Scott Parker with England in Bulgaria tonight as the Three Lions look to stay top of Group G.

They will also be looking for a favour from Gareth Bale, whose Wales side face joint group leaders Montenegro in Cardiff.

Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric will no doubt see Croatia’s game in Malta as a great chance to leapfrog Greece, who are one point ahead of them at the top of Group F.

Roman Pavlyuchenko and Younes Kaboul are already at the top of their groups with Russia and France respectively, but both face tough games as Russia host Macedonia and the French travel to Albania.

Tonight’s task would appear somewhat easier for Rafael van der Vaart, whose Holland side face minnows San Marino at home, already sitting three points clear at the top of Group E.

Into Africa, and there’s a massive game for Bongani Khumalo and South Africa on Sunday when they travel to Niger, who sit just two points behind them at the top of Group 7.

It’s been a tough campaign for Sebastien Bassong and Cameroon but they could close the five point gap on Senegal in Group 5 with victory against rock bottom Mauritius in Yaounde on Saturday.

But Emmanuel Adebayor will simply be playing for pride with Togo, who only have three points from six games in Group 11 and face runaway leaders Botswana tonight.

Meanwhile, there is a friendly for Giovani Dos Santos and Mexico against Poland in Warsaw.

THURSDAY ACTION

Three of our younger players were in international action with Steven Caulker, currently on loan at Swansea, making his full debut for the England Under-21s.

And the cigars were out for the 19-year-old defender as Stuart Pearce’s men cruised to a 6-0 win over Azerbaijan at Watford’s Vicarage Road.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane came up against a familiar face for England Under-19s against their Dutch counterparts, who included Academy defender William Ekong in their lineup.

And it was William’s night as Noel Blake’s side were held to a 0-0 draw in Maaseikerweg.