Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck
England vs Moldova (A) and Ukraine (H)
Netherlands vs Turkey (H) and Hungary (A)
Japan vs UAE (H) and Iraq (H)
Denmark vs Czech Republic
Ecuador vs Bolivia (H) and Uruguay (A)
France vs Finland (A) and Belarus (H)
Mexico vs Costa Rica (A) and Costa Rica (H)
Portugal vs Luxembourg (A) and Azerbaijan (H)
Northern Ireland vs Russia (A) and Luxembourg (H)
Norway vs Iceland (A) and Slovenia (H)
Manchester United will have 12 players away on senior international duty over the next two weeks as they play for their respective countries.
New signing Shinji Kagawa faces the longest round trip with two home fixtures for Japan against the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. Jonny Evans also faces a daunting away trip to Russia with Northern Ireland and South American duo Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez will be making trips across the Atlantic.
The international break has always been one of Sir Alex Ferguson‘s least favourite points of the season but I think this is a rather well timed one for United.
Our defence has been lacking in the first three fixtures with injuries causing United to continuously shuffle their back four. With Phil Jones back in training and Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans recently back from their injuries, the break should give them an opportunity to regain more fitness.
The big worry for United comes in the form of Robin van Persie who has, over his career, suffered multiple injuries whilst away on international duty, so much so that Arsenal were going to sue the Dutch Football Federation in 2009.
Our new signing started the season in blistering form with a goal against Fulham and a hat-trick against Southampton. A certain other Dutchman scored his first four United goals in the exact same fashion and went on to score 150 goals in five seasons. Not a bad omen.
As well as these 11 call ups to the international senior squad, there are 11 youngsters involved in their respective competitions. Darren Fletcher is in training with the Scotland squad but he is not expected to feature in the games.
Here’s the full list below:
Ben Amos – England U21s
Robbie Brady – Republic of Ireland U21s
Manick Vermijl – Belgium U21s
Bébé – Portugal U21s
Tom Lawrence – Wales U19s
Charni Ekangamene – Belgium U19s