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The Interlull Thread Part #891

The Interlull Thread Part #891

Another round of THOROUGHLY USEFUL international friendlies it is then. Frustratingly, most of these are being played on Wednesday evening, rather than the qualifiers' slot of Tuesday evening.

So, the following have been called up to represent their countries:

Tomas Rosicky is in the Czech Republic squad to face Norway in Prague.

Thomas Vermaelen is in the Blegium squad that take on Ivory Coast in Brussels.

Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Özil have been selected for Germany, who take on Chile in Berlin.

Wojciech Szczesny is in Poland's squad for their friendly against Scotland in Warsaw.

Aaron Ramsey misses out of Wales' game with Iceland due to injury.

Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are in the England squad for the friendly against Denmark at Wembley. Nicklas Bendtner is in the Danish squad.

Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Bacary Sagna have been selected for France, who play Holland in Paris.

Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are in the Spain squad for their game with Italy.

Carl Jenkinson is in the England U-21 squad to play Wales at Pride Park.

Yaya Sanogo is in the France U-21 squad to play Belarus in Le Mans on Tuesday.

Tomas Rosicky played 45 minutes for Czech Republic and scored in a 2-2 draw with Norway in Prague.

Thomas Vermaelen played no part in Belgium's 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast.

Mesut Özil assisted Mario Goetze's winning goal for Germany against Chile. Özil played 89 minutes and Mertesacker the full 90. Lukas Podolski came on as an 83rd minute substitute.

Wojciech Szczesny played the full 90 minutes of Poland's 1-0 home defeat to Scotland.

Jack Wilshere played 60 minutes of England's 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was a 78th minute substitute. Nicklas Bendtner played 65 minutes for the visitors.

Santi Cazorla was an 82nd minute substitute in Spain's 1-0 win over Italy.

Olivier Giroud came on in the 82nd minute of France's 2-0 win over Holland. Bacary Sagna came on in the 87th minute. Laurent Koscielny did not play after feeling his hamstring tighten in training.

Carl Jenkinson completed the full 90 minutes of England U-21's 1-0 victory over Wales U-21s at Pride Park.

Yaya Sanogo played 56 minutes of France U-21s 1-0 victory over Belarus U-21s on Tuesday.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday March 4 2014
Time: 9:20AM


That is pretty much every body (who's anybody) in the team off, in the week we have a crucial FA cup game against a motivated side as Everton. You can't blame the players for wanting to go too, because this is the last chance for the Managers to pick the final squad to Brazil. It will depend on how fresh they can be after the exertions and the focus on what is at stake. We must win against Martinez' men on Saturday. I am not sure they have too many invited for international duty.
04/03/2014 10:33:00
Everton have a few on call; Baines & Jagielka, Coleman, Mirallas, Howard, Naismith, Oviedo, Lukaku, Pienaar, McCarthy, McGeady all among them.
04/03/2014 12:30:00
Glad to see that non of the fixtures are too far away! Fingers crossed.
04/03/2014 12:52:00
Didn't Jagielka pull out with a knock? Stephen Peinnaar did announce his retirement from International football a couple of years ago; maybe, he's had a change of heart? In any case, they don't appear to have as many key men off as we do. Hope that counts for little and our boys are able to get injury free minutes for their nations.
04/03/2014 13:17:00
Jagielka is injured for England but is very unlikely to make the game against us in any case.
Little Dutch
04/03/2014 13:25:00
You may be right about Pienaar and I'm not sure that Jagielka would have started anyway. Virtually our whole squad are internationals so we're always going to be affected. Signing for Arsenal seems to invite international call ups.
04/03/2014 13:34:00
That is true. Laurent Koscielny will certainly be in agreement with that. Surprised Germany hasn't called up Gnabry to the senior team. The lad looks ready and it will only help the club.
04/03/2014 14:36:00
Naijagun so you expect his country to call him up before he can establish himself in his club?? How that how football works in Naija? lol
HGH Magic
04/03/2014 20:40:00
HGH, he is already a junior international and is a first team player for Arsenal. Some managers believe the natural progression for such a gifted player is to be invited for friendlies so they can start early to be around the senior side. He won't be out of place, if you ask me.
04/03/2014 21:23:00
It works that way in England! Walcott's 2006 world cup for one.
04/03/2014 22:38:00
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