Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Monday August 13 2012
Arsenal will have a number of players infuriatingly away from London Colney this week, as they become mobile piggy banks for their respective associations. Pointless friendlies the week before the season starts, donha just love FIFA?
Chu Young Park has been selected for South Korea to play Zambia having scored for his country against Japan last week to earn them bronze in the Olympics.
Andrey Arshavin and Gerbinho will face off in Moscow as Russia play Ivory Coast.
Johan Djourou has been selected for Switzerland against Croatia.
Tomas Rosicky is injured therefore will not play for the Czech Republic against Ukraine in Praha.
Nicklas Bendtner has been selected to play for Denmark against Slovakia in Kobenhavn.
Thomas Vermaelen faces off against Robin van Persie in Brussels as Belgium take on Holland. (Be careful not to kick Robin too hard, eh Thomas?)
Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski are in the Poland squad that plays Estonia.
Santi Cazorla will fly to Puerta Rica to represent Spain, which makes the prospect of him starting against Sunderland unlikely.
Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have joined the England squad that play Italy in Berne, but Chamberlain limped out of training on Monday morning with an ankle knock and will no longer be considered. Jack Wilshere is injured.
Aaron Ramsey captains Wales as they play Bosnia Herzegovina.
Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny have been called up for France, Bacary Sagna is injured so doesn't make Didier Deschamps' first squad to play Uruguay.
Marouane Chamakh has joined the Morocco squad that plays against Guinea.
In a rare show of common sense, Joachim Low has allowed Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker to stay in London. Mertesacker spent the last three months of last season injured, whilst Podolski acclimatises to his new life in London and Low has granted them leave for Germany's friendly against Argentina.
Update: Laurent Koscielny has pulled out of the France squad with a calf problem.
Update: Theo Walcott joins Laurent Koscielny and Alex Oxlade Camberlain having pulled out of his national squad as a precautionary measure. Theo has a bruised thigh and will not be risked.
Date:Monday August 13 2012
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