As Arsenal players continue their break from club action, many players will feature for their countries over the next week. The majority of games are to be played tonight and Tuesday before the players return to club action at the weekend. Here is an overview of who to keep an eye on and to give you some information to take with you to the bookmakers when placing your bets.
Netherlands v England
Jack Wilshere’s recent form was enough to earn him a return to the England squad for the game in the Amsterdam Arena, however an injury set back will means he misses out. The knee injury has been described as nothing serious so he could be in line to feature later in the week. It is the midfielders first call up since Euro 2016. Danny Welbeck has also been included in the squad and could be in line for a start as England look for alternative forward options. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been called up by England U-21s for their match against Romania on Saturday afternoon.
Germany v Spain
Mesut Ozil will likely feature heavily during the World Cup for Germany but the holders may choose to experiment during these coming friendlies. Omitting a few names from the squad, including Arsenal teammate Shkodran Mustafi, Germany have a great deal of squad depth to call upon. Spain will be a tough test for them, however, but it depends how seriously either side takes these warm up games.
France v Colombia
Laurent Koscielny is included in France’s squad to face fellow qualifiers Colombia this evening. One of the favourites to lift the World Cup, France will be out to build some form and squad unity during the next week. Colombia will prove a tough test for the side as a side who will be expecting to reach the knock out stages in Russia.
David Ospina is likely to start in goal for the Colombians as their first choice during the World Cup. They may chose to explore other options over the coming days but Ospina will likely face his club mate Koscielny at some point during the 90 minutes.
Greece v Switzerland
Granit Xhaka and his side travel to Athens to begin preparation for their World Cup campaign. They face Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia at the tournament so will be looking to get a settled side ahead of the finals. After Greece, Switzerland face fellow qualifiers Panama on Tuesday.
Portugal v Egypt
The two sides could meet in the second round in Russia if results go that way and Mohamed Elnenny will hope to be involved. If involved, Elneny could reach 60 caps for his nation soon and the midfielder will be tasked with trying to keep the European champions quiet.
Poland v Nigeria
A November friendly against Argentina saw Alex Iwobi score twice in a 4-2 defeat and he is involved in the Nigeria squad this week. Nigeria will face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia at the finals and will face fellow qualifiers Poland and Serbia in these friendlies.
Sead Kolasinac has been called up to the Bosnia-Herzegovina squad as they travel to Bulgaria. Henrik Markarian gets his first call up for Armenia as an Arsenal player as they face Estonia.
Here’s hoping that everyone comes back safe and sound ready to return to Premier League action.