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Spurs around the world

Posted on 2 September 2010  - 12:00

International football gets back into competitive mode over the coming days with a host of our players involved.

Spurs around the world

International football gets back into competitive mode over the coming days with a host of our players involved.

Qualification matches for 2012 European Championships, the 2012 African Cup of Nations, and the 2011 UEFA Under-21 Championships are on the agenda, and here is a run-down of who is where in the world this week...

Euro 2012 qualifiers will be taking place on Friday and next Tuesday with Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe set to represent England.

The Three Lions take on Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday night before travelling to Switzerland on Tuesday.

Peter Crouch was included in Fabio Capello's original squad for the games but pulled out with a back injury on Wednesday.

In the same group, Gareth Bale and Wales travel to Eastern Europe on Friday to face a Montenegro coached by a certain Zlatko Kranjcar - the father of Niko.

Niko himself is in action for Croatia, teaming up with Vedran Corluka, Luka Modric and new loan signing Stipe Pletikosa for games away to Latvia and at home to Greece.

Another new signing, Rafael Van der Vaart, is on duty with Holland in San Marino on Friday before returning to Rotterdam to face Finland on Tuesday.

Strikers Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko are also representing their countries in Euro qualification action, with Republic of Ireland and Russia in the same group.

Robbie will captain the Irish in Armenia on Friday and at home to Andorra on Tuesday, while ‘Pav' and Russia travel to Andorra on Friday while returning home to face Slovakia.

And Alan Hutton is with Scotland in Lithuania on Friday and against Liechtenstein in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Out of Europe, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong are set to begin Cameroon's Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign in Mauritius on Saturday.

Meanwhile, it's friendly action for Giovani Dos Santos and Mexico, who face Ecuador and Columbia on Saturday and Tuesday.

Of our younger players, it's a big weekend for Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, who are in the England Under-21 squad for key Euro qualifying games in Portugal on Friday and at home to Lithuania in Colchester on Tuesday.

The Young Lions sit five points behind leaders Greece in the Group 9 table having played a game less, but with Friday's opponents Portugal just a point behind having also played six games.

As always, we will keep you up to date with how the lads fare here on