The first week of September sees a host of internationals across the world, at both senior and assorted youth levels. Whilst the seniors bring their World Cup Qualifiers to a head, the younger generation are embarking on a new set of qualifiers for the season ahead.
Miroslav Stoch, as ever, heads the list of call-ups with his place in the senior Slovakian squad for their crucial qualifying double-header against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. Slovakia top their group and a good showing in these two games will go a long way to booking their place in the first ever World Cup Finals. Stoch did pick up an injury this week which is as yet undisclosed, but should hopefully return in time to play a role in what are arguably the nation’s biggest ever games.
At Under-21 level, Michael Mancienne, Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge all once again line up in the England Under-21 part for their away double header against Macedonia and Greece. At Under-20 level, coach Brian Eastick will be naming his squad for the upcoming World Cup, which Jack Cork and Sam Hutchinson should hopefully be a part of, but that is as yet unconfirmed. There are however no Blues in Noel Blake’s first Under-19 squad as manager.
Jeffrey Bruma is once again in the Dutch Under-21 selection for their game against Finland, whilst Patrick van Aanholt is in a party of players on standby, having originally been selected in a bigger pool of players. The same applies to Rhys Taylor for Wales. Now match fit, he is on standby for the Dragons’ fixture with Italy. Gokhan Tore has moved up to Turkey’s Under-21 team for the first time and will hope to be involved against Georgia.
Down at Under-19 level, Gael Kakuta is back in the French fold for their visit to Japan for the Sendai Cup. Les Bleus will play the hosts, South Korea and Brazil from September 4th-14th. Similarly, Conor Clifford is in Ireland’s Under-19 team for the Four Nations Tournament against Turkey, Holland and Portugal in the first week of next month.
One player already on international duty is Philipp Prosenik, who is representing Austria in the Youth-TOTO Cup. He scored the fourth in his team’s 4-1 win over Hungary yesterday, and will play against France on Saturday before meeting Belgium, who are hosting the competition. Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah will also continue their FA International Tournament progress against Turkey this evening at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium.
You can keep right up to date with their performances here at CFCnet.