The international break which began a few weeks ago has seen top footballers leaving club football to join their respective national teams to train ahead of the Nations League and World Cup Qualifiers. While a few deserving players were called up,some underperforming players were dropped from their country's squad for upcoming games.
While some deserving players who stepped up in their games were called up for national duties,a few other players who couldn't keep to their form were subsequently dropped, giving way for other promising players.
Some interesting fixtures in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers include;
Argentina Vs Uruguay (October 10)
Colombia Vs Brazil (October 10)
Turkey Vs Norway (October 8)
Egypt Vs Libya (October 8)
Mexico Vs Canada (October 7)
IR Iran Vs Korea Republic (October 12)
Argentine forward,Lionel Messi will hope to extend his international career goals, Norway Erling Haaland will hope to continue his goal scoring streak for his country, Mohammed Salah will be expected to dazzle exceptionally for Egypt, while Neymar Jr will probably close down on Pele's goal records for Brazil,in a bid to surpass.
As the international break takes place in a few days time,here are eight Manchester United players who have been called up to represent their different national teams. While a few were making it to the national team for the first time,others who have previously earned their place were just called up.
1. France national team- Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial
Manchester United's number 9, Anthony Martial will be hoping to rediscover his form at the France national team. The Frenchman netted a goal in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton,and will hope to bounce back soon.
Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane on the other hand who were among the World Cup winning team of France in 2018 were also called up,as they hope to lead their national team against other heavyweight countries in the upcoming nations league. Checkout images below;
2. Portugal national team- Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United's magnifico, Bruno Fernandes got called up to represent his country at international level alongside five time ballon d'or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo.
These two players have 15 G/A for the Red Devils this season,with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging five goals while Bruno Fernandes has 6 goals and 4 assists across all competitions. While Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to add to his current goal tally at Portugal,Bruno Fernandes will hope to help the team achieve success against other top teams.
Checkout images of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes enjoying themselves at the Portugal national team ahead of their World Cup Qualifiers in a few days time;
3. England national team- Jesse Lingard,Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho
An in-form Jesse Lingard has been called up to represent the England national team after his dazzling performance in the world cup qualifiers several weeks ago. The Englishman who has registered two goals and two assists for the Red Devils this season will hope to continue such a run in the England national team.
A not-too fit Luke Shaw and a struggling Jadon Sancho also joined Jesse Lingard at the England national team to bring the total number of International reds to 8. Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford were sidelined with injuries,and Ole Gunnar Solskjær outrightly refused Gareth Southgate the services of Mason Greenwood.
While some of these players will hope to improve further,we hope it will help players like Anthony Martial,Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard boost their confidence and come back stronger to Old Trafford when club football resumes.
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