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The football's far from over...

Posted on 26 May 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is not the only one of our players set for an extended season having earned a call-up to the England squad over the weekend.

The football's far from over...

Jermain Defoe is not the only one of our players set for an extended season having earned a call-up to the England squad over the weekend.

The striker has been selected for next month's World Cup Qualifiers with Andorra and Kazakhstan - but there are a number of his Spurs team-mates also set for international football this summer.

Fellow frontman Robbie Keane will be leading the Republic of Ireland, first in a friendly with Nigeria at Craven Cottage on May 29, before travelling to Sofia for a crucial World Cup Qualifier with Bulgaria on June 6.

The Republic currently sit just two points behind leaders Italy at the top of their qualifying group, with Bulgaria a further five points behind in third.

Robbie Keane

Also in European zone action will be Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric as Croatia look to close the five-point gap England have opened up at the top of Group Six when they take on Ukraine in Zagreb.

And Fraizer Campbell will be representing England Under-21s in this summer's European Championships in Sweden, kicking off on June 15.

Prior to this, Stuart Pearce's side will be taking on Azerbaijan in a friendly at Stadium MK on June 8.

Into Africa, and it's set to be a busy June for Didier Zokora as he and the Ivory Coast prepare for three internationals in the space of a fortnight.

Les Elephants travel to Guinea for a World Cup Qualifier on June 7 before a home friendly with Benoit Assou-Ekotto's Cameroon the following Saturday.

A week later, Ouagadougou is the venue for yet another World Cup Qualifier, this time against Burkina Faso.

Didier Zokora

Benoit and Cameroon are also in qualification action on June 7 when they take on Morocco, who look set to be without the injured Adel Taarabt.

But it's the lads from the Americas who look set for the busiest summers, with both World Cup Qualification and tournament football on the agenda.

Heurelho Gomes is back in the fold for Brazil after a three-year absence. Carlos Dunga's men face Uruguay and Paraguay in their qualifiers before travelling to South Africa for the Confederations Cup.

This kicks off on June 14, with Brazil drawn in a first round group alongside USA, Italy and Egypt.

The other group consists of Spain, South Africa, Iraq and New Zealand. The winners and runners-up from either group will go into the semi-finals, with the final set to take place on June 28.

Heurelho Gomes

Giovani Dos Santos will also be competing in World Cup Qualifiers with Mexico, against El Salvador on June 6, and then Trinidad & Tobago on June 10.

And for him, there is also the prospect of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which takes place from July 3-26. Wilson Palacios (Honduras) and Pascal Chimbonda (Guadeloupe) may also be involved.

But before for anything else, some of our younger players are set to represent their countries during the coming week.

Academy midfielders Dean Parrett, Danny Rose and Andros Townsend have all been selected in the England Under-19 squad for the European Championship Elite Round Qualifying.

Brian Eastick's side will be taking on Bosnia-Herzegovina at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow night, before a clash with Slovakia at Bradford's Valley Parade on Friday, and then Scotland are the opposition at Bramall Lane next Monday night.

We will be keeping track of how the lads are faring for their countries here on tottenhamhotspur.com.