Recent signing Seb Larsson has travelled to join up with Sweden ahead of a double-header of fixtures. They face Bulgaria in Sofia this coming Thursday before heading to Belarus on Sunday in Qualifying Group A. Sweden currently top their group, leading France on goal difference, and will be looking to strengthen their position this week.
Also joining a table-topping national side is Kamil Grosicki. Poland are six points clear at the top of Qualifying Group E ahead of games against Denmark (Friday) and Kazakhstan (Monday) and know that a place in next summer’s World Cup could be secured in the next few days.
After starting each of the Tigers’ opening five league games, goalkeeper Allan McGregor has joined up with the Scotland squad. The Scots travel to Lithuania on Friday before hosting Malta in Glasgow on Monday as they bid to keep their hopes of a play-off place in Group G alive.
It’s a big week for David Meyler‘s Republic of Ireland side as they face vital fixtures against Georgia and Serbia. Ireland are the joint-leaders of Group D with Serbia, who they face in Dublin next Tuesday following a visit to Tbilisi to take on Georgia.
In African qualifying, Ola Aina is covering the miles to join up with Nigeria. The Super Eagles are top of their group in the early stages and face second-placed Cameroon twice in the next few days – at home on Friday and away on Monday.
Latest signing Jackson Irvine is also clocking up the miles having joined up with the Australia squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Japan (Thursday) and Thailand (Tuesday). The Socceroos are currently third in their group, one point behind leaders Japan with two games to play.
Away from World Cup qualifying, goalkeeper Will Mannion has been called up by England U20s. A week on from making his senior debut for the Tigers, Mannion will hope to be involved in the Three Lions’ fixtures against the Netherlands in Telford on Thursday and Switzerland in Winterhur on Monday.