- News Archive
Posted 10 October 2012 4:23pm
We've 14 senior players and a number of youngsters on international duty over the next week.
Most of the players are in World Cup qualifying action for their countries with matches this Friday and then Tuesday next week, October 16.
First up, Academy youngsters Dominic Ball and Aaron McEneff are in the Northern Ireland Under-19 squad for the qualifying round of the European U19 Championship. They face Czech Republic, Serbia and Moldova in Northern Ireland with the top two making into the Elite qualifying round.
Milos Veljkovic is also in the qualifying tournament with Serbia (against Turkey, Lithuania and Denmark) and Kenneth McEvoy with the Republic of Ireland (against Luxembourg, Macedonia and Germany).
Sandro is our first senior international in action with a friendly for Brazil against Iraq in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday night. Brazil then play Japan in Poland on Tuesday, October 16.
World Cup qualifiers get underway on Friday. Aaron Lennon is back in the England squad alongside Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker to face San Marino at Wembley. England then travel to Poland on Tuesday.
Gareth Bale faces a home nation cracker for Wales against Scotland in Cardiff on Friday before travelling to Croatia on Tuesday.
Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen are with the Belgian squad for the trip to Serbia on Friday before facing Scotland at home on Tuesday.
Gylfi Sigurdsson travels to Albania with Iceland on Friday before a home match against Switzerland on Tuesday.
Further afield, Clint Dempsey continues the qualifying process with the USA with matches against Antigua & Barbuda in the Caribbean on Friday before facing Guatemala in Kansas City on Tuesday.
Also on Friday, Hugo Lloris faces Japan in a friendly and Jordan Archer kicks-off in the Marbella Cup with Scotland taking on USA and then Canada on Monday.
Hugo then has arguably the fixture of this latest round of qualifiers when France travel to World and European champions Spain on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo take on Gabon in the second leg of their play-off for a place in next year's African Cup of Nations. It's finely poised at 1-1 - Ade on target in that first leg last month.