A number of our players are involved in crucial international games this weekend.
First up tonight (Friday), Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric will be hoping to help Croatia overtake Greece at the top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group with a win over Georgia in Split. Niko Kranjcar will miss that game through suspension.
And Younes Kaboul could win his first senior cap for France when Les Bleus take on Belarus in Minsk, hoping to extend their lead at the top of Group D.
On Saturday, England will be looking to take an outright lead at the top of Group G with victory over Switzerland at Wembley. Peter Crouch and Kyle Walker are both in the squad.
And in Group B two of our strikers will be hoping for wins that could take their teams to the top. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Russia take on Armenia in St Petersburg, while Robbie Keane is hoping to be fit for Republic of Ireland’s trip to Macedonia. Both sides are level on 10 points, along with Slovakia, after five games.
Steven Pienaar is also facing a race to be fit for South Africa’s Cup of Nations qualifier with Egypt on Sunday, which could see Bafana Bafana stretch their lead at the top of Group G.
Also in that competition, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong are set to be involved for Cameroon, who will be hoping to make up some ground on Group E leaders Senegal in Yaounde.
Meanwhile, Sandro is in the Brazil squad for their friendly with Holland in Goiania on Saturday, and both Wilson Palacios and Giovani Dos Santos are preparing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which starts on Monday. Honduras and Mexico are both involved.
Of our younger players, Danny Rose will be hoping to catch the eye of Stuart Pearce in England U21’s final friendly before this month’s Euros against Norway in Southampton on Sunday.
And Harry Kane is currently involved in England U19s European Championship Elite Qualifying Round. His goal defeated Montenegro earlier this week, and although the forward was not involved in the 3-2 win over Switzerland yesterday, he could be back in the side for Sunday’s clash with Spain in Nyon.