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Friday 06 September 2013

World Cup qualifiers: Premier League stars answer international call

175 top-flight players will represent 50 nations on international duty over the next few days

  • Rickie Lambert will start for England against Moldova after scoring on debut against Scotland

  • Sunderland's Jozy Altidore hopes to maintain his international form against Costa Rica

  • Everton's James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman hope to feature for Republic of Ireland

  • Southampton's Victor Wanyama (left) is expected to turn out for Kenya against Namibia

Qualification for the FIFA 2014 World Cup resumes this weekend with nations across the world vying for a place to join Japan, Australia and the host country Brazil.

Players from the Barclays Premier League will again be in the thick of the action with more than 175 players from the 20 clubs having been selected to be in qualifying or friendly action over the international period.

Naturally, the nation that dominates the call-ups is Roy Hodgson's England, whose squad of 24 is exclusively from the Premier League as they face Moldova this evening before travelling to Ukraine on Tuesday.

The Republic of Ireland, who will be at home to Sweden before going to Austria, are the nation with the second-highest number of players from the English top flight: 13. Next, with 11 players, come Scotland, Wales and Belgium.

In total Barclays Premier League players will represent 50 different nations with Southampton's Victor Wanyama helping to raise this representation by appearing for Kenya.

Chelsea are the Barclays Premier League side with the most players, 17, on international duty. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both have 13 players called up with Manchester United having 12.

Scroll down for the full list of international fixtures.

International fixtures

Friday, 6 September 2013

Europe

Group A
FYR Macedonia v Wales, Scotland v Belgium, Serbia v Croatia

Group B 
Czech Republic v Armenia, Italy v Bulgaria, Malta v Denmark.

Group C 
Germany v Austria, Kazakhstan v Faroe Islands, Rep of Ireland v Sweden. 

Group D 

Estonia v Holland, Romania v Hungary, Turkey v Andorra 

Group E 
Norway v Cyprus, Slovenia v Albania, Switzerland v Iceland,

Group F
Northern Ireland v Portugal, Russia v Luxembourg

Group G 
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Slovakia, Latvia v Lithuania, Liechtenstein v Greece

Group H 
England v Moldova, Poland v Montenegro, Ukraine v San

Group I 
Finland v Spain, Georgia v France

South America

Colombia v Ecuador, Paraguay v Bolivia, Chile v Venezuela, Peru v Uruguay

Africa

Group D
Ghana v Zambia

Asia

Play-Off First Leg 
Jordan v Uzbekistan

Friendlies

Belarus v Kyrgyzstan, China v Singapore, Japan v Guatemala, South Korea vs. Haiti

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Europe

Group F
Israel v Azerbaijan

South America

Chile v Venezuela, Peru v Uruguay

Africa

Group A
Central African Republic v Ethiopia, South Africa v Botswana

Group B
Sierra Leone v Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands

Group C
Ivory Coast v Morocco, Gambia v Tanzania

Group E
Burkina Faso v Gabon, Niger v DR Congo

Group F
Kenya v Namibia, Nigeria v Malawi

Group G
Zimbabwe v Mozambique

Group J
Angola v Liberia, Senegal v Uganda

Central American/Caribbean

Final Group
Costa Rica v USA, Mexico v Honduras, Panama v Jamaica 

Friendly

Brazil v Australia 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Africa

Group D
Sudan v Lesotho

Group H
Benin v Rwanda

Group I
Cameroon v Libya, Togo v Congo

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 

Europe

Group A 
FYR Macedonia v Scotland, Wales v Serbia

Group B 
Armenia v Denmark, Italy v Czech Republic, Malta v Bulgaria

Group C 
Austria v Rep of Ireland, Faroe Islands v Germany, Kazakhstan v Sweden

Group D 
Andorra v Holland, Hungary v Estonia, Romania v. Turkey

Group E 
Cyprus v Slovenia, Iceland v Albania, Norway v Switzerland

Group F 
Luxembourg v Northern Ireland, Russia v Israel

Group G 
Greece v Latvia, Lithuania v. Liechtenstein, Slovakia v Bosnia-Herzegovina

Group H 
San Marino v Poland, Ukraine v England

Group I
Belarus v France, Georgia v Finland

South America

Bolivia v Ecuador, Uruguay v Colombia, Venezuela v Peru, Paraguay v Argentina

Africa

Group G
Egypt v Guinea

Group H
Algeria v Mali

Central American/Caribbean

Final Group
Jamaica v Costa Rica, United States v Mexico, Honduras v Panama

Asia

Play-Off Second Leg 
Uzbekistan v Jordan 

Friendlies

Brazil v Portugal, China v Malaysia, Japan v Ghana, South Korea v Croatia, Spain v Chile

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Key Points

  • More than 175 players from the Barclays Premier League have been selected for international action
  • Roy Hodgson's England squad of 24 is exclusively from the Barclays Premier League
  • Chelsea are the top-flight side with the most players, 17, on international duty