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INTERNATIONAL R'S: PREVIEW

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08:50 22nd March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

A look at QPR players in action for their countries this weekend ...

QPR striker Loic Remy insists he’s not interested in just making up the numbers ahead of France’s 2014 World Cup qualification match.

The French face Georgia this evening at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis in their Group I clash. 

France currently trail Spain on goal difference in the standings, with the two sides set to meet on Tuesday.

And Remy hopes to be involved in the two fixtures  following his Premier League form for the R’s.

“I’m not here as a tourist,” said Remy. “I’m not here to make up the numbers. I’m here to be of service to the coach. I’m here to offer something more for the team. 

“I’ve played some good matches, but that doesn’t mean I could pretend to say I’d be the first or second-choice attacker. Some things are already established.” 

Rangers stopper Julio Cesar meanwhile faced Italy in Genève, Switzerland last night in a friendly. 

The QPR custodian started the 2-2 draw as the Italian’s came back from 2-0 down. Fred opened the scoring for Brazil before Oscar flicked a second past Gianluigi Buffon just before half-time. However, Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute before Mario Balotelli produced a masterstroke three minutes later to raise the roof at the Stade de Geneve.

Cesar is expected to feature in Brazil’s second friendly on Monday night at Stamford Bridge when they face Russia.

Midfielder Stephane Mbia will be aiming to add to his 41 caps for Cameroon when they host Togo in Yaounde on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier. Cameroon are currently third in Group I in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) pool.

Elsewhere in the Confederation of African Football qualifiers, Christopher Samba will represent Congo-Brazzaville against Gabon in Pointe Noire on Saturday. Samba’s country currently top Group E after wins against Niger and Burkina Faso.

Armand Traore will be hoping to add to his four caps for Senegal when they take on Angola in Conakry, Guinea. They currently lead Group J as they bid to qualify for the Finals in Brazil.

However, Samba Diakite has been forced to pull out of Mali’s qualifier against Rwanda on Saturday through injury.

The winners of the ten CAF qualification groups will progress to round three of qualifying, with five teams earning the right to represent the African region in Brazil next year.

South Korean defender Yun Suk-Young is back in Seoul as they host Qatar in their Group A match. Korea currently sits in second place in their Asian group, one point behind Uzbekistan with a game in hand.

On loan winger Andros Townsend was rested for England’s Under-21 win against Romania last night with a slight niggle. England saw off the Romanian’s 3-0 at Wycombe Wanderers Adams Park. Townsend is expected to be involved in the U21s second match on Monday when they face Austria at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium.

Finally, Frankie Sutherland will represent the Republic of Ireland Under-21s on Monday evening in Dublin when they host Portugal a friendly.

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