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Twenty players on international duty

It's a busy international break with no less than 20 players on duty from Under-17s through to the seniors.

The main focus will be on World Cup qualifiers this Friday and next Tuesday, March 26.

In Europe, Gareth Bale (Wales), Steven Caulker, Jermain Defoe, Scott Parker, Kyle Walker (all England), Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen (Belgium), Hugo Lloris (France) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) all face qualfying matches.

England face an away double-header at San Marino and a key clash against current leaders Montenegro in Group H.

Other highlights see Gareth and Wales take on Scotland in a Home Nations clash in Group A on Friday while Hugo takes on reigning World and European champions Spain in Group I next week.

Away from the UK, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Emmanuel Adebayor face each other as Cameroon host Togo in African qualifying Group I in Yaounde on Saturday and another highlight sees USA renew rivalries with Mexico on Tuesday, with Clint Dempsey back home for qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

We've six players in Under-21 action including four with England - Tom Carroll, Danny Rose, Adam Smith and Andros Townsend will all look to impress Stuart Pearce ahead of June's Euro U21 Championship Finals in friendlies against Romania on Thursday and Austria on Monday.

Jordan Archer is with the Scotland U21 squad for a friendly against Norway on Thursday then a first qualifying match for the Euro 2015 finals against Luxembourg. Lewis Holtby travels to Israel with Germany for a friendly.

At Under-19 level, Kenny McEvoy and Milos Veljkovic have friendlies with the Republic of Ireland and Serbia respectively while Connor Ogilvie is in the England Under-17 squad for the UEFA U17 European Championship final qualifying group against Portugal, Russia and Slovenia. The winner only of the group will progress to May's finals.

INTERNATIONAL FIXTURES INVOLVING OUR PLAYERS

Thursday

Norway U21s v Scotland - Jordan Archer
England U21s v Romania (at Wycombe) - Tom Carroll, Danny Rose, Adam Smith, Andros Townsend

Friday

Scotland v Wales - WCQ - Gareth Bale
San Marino v England - WCQ - Steven Caulker, Jermain Defoe, Scott Parker, Kyle Walker
Macedonia v Belgium - WCQ - Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen
USA v Costa Rica - WCQ - Clint Dempsey
France v Georgia - WCQ - Hugo Lloris
Slovenia v Iceland - WCQ - Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gibralta XI v Rep Ireland U19s - Kenny McEvoy

Saturday

Cameroon v Togo - WCQ - Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Emmanuel Adebayor
England U19s v Portugal - ECQ - Connor Ogilvie
Belgium U19s v Serbia - Milos Veljkovic

Sunday

Israel U21s v Germany - Lewis Holtby

Monday

Scotland U21s v Luxembourg - ECQ
England U21s v Austria (at Brighton)
Belgium v Serbia U19s
England U17s v Russia - ECQ

Tuesday

Wales v Croatia - WCQ
Montenegro v England - WCQ
Belgium v Macedonia - WCQ
France v Spain - WCQ
Mexico v USA - WCQ

Thursday

England U17s v Slovenia - ECQ