FOR the hardcore Rangers supporters an international break means a couple of weeks away from football but for many of our players (11 in total) it will be spent travelling around the world representing their countries. Below is a breakdown of who will be playing, where and what time.
Massimo Luongo – Australia
vs Japan Thursday 31st August 11:35 BST
vs Thailand Tuesday 5th September 11:00 BST
Massimo Luongo and the Socceroos travel to the Saitama Stadium to take on Japan on 31st August at 11:35am BST in a World Cup Qualifier before heading back to Australia to play Thailand the following Tuesday at 10am BST.
Pawel Wszolek – Poland
vs Denmark Friday 1st September 19:45 BST
vs Kazakhstan Monday 4th September 19:45 BST
Pawel Wszolek and Poland are in a great position heading into their game against Denmark in Copenhagen on September 1st. The Poles top Group E by six points and then play bottom of the table Kazakhstan in Warsaw on 4th September.
Conor Washington – Northern Ireland
vs San Marino Friday 1st September 19:45 BST
vs Czech Republic Monday 4th September 19:45 BST
Conor Washington and Northern Ireland have a good chance to put pressure on group leaders Germany when they take on San Marino on 1st September. The Northern Irishman’s opponents have yet to get any points and conceded 29 goals in the opening six games. They then play what looks to be a potential crucial game against Czech Republic on the following Monday. Northern Ireland are currently positioned 2nd in the group with the Czech’s four points behind them.
Idrissa Sylla - Guinea
vs Libya Thursday 31st August 18:00 BST
vs Tunisia Monday 4th September 20:00 BST
Idrissa Sylla and his Guinean teammates have their work cut out if they are going to play in Russia next year. They have lost both their qualifiers so far, meaning their game against Libya on 31st August is now a must win fixture. They then play Libya in Tunisia on 4th September.
Yeni Ngbakoto – DR Congo
vs Tunisia Tuesday 5th September 18:30 BST
Yeni Ngbakoto will be travelling back to Africa in good spirits knowing his country currently sit top of their qualifying group. The DR Congo can solidify their position with a win against second placed Tunisia on 1st September.
Michael Petrasso – Canada
vs Jamaica Monday 4th September 00:00 BST
Michael Petrasso and his Canadian teammates won’t play any competitive fixtures but do face Jamaica in a friendly in Toronto on 4th September.
There has also been call-ups at Under-21 level for five of our players. Both Ryan Manning and Reece Grego-Cox will hope to be involved for the Republic of Ireland for their UEFA U21 European Championship qualification qualifying fixture against Azerbaijan on 5th September (19:30 BST).
New signing Paul Smyth and midfielder Charlie Owens have been called up for Northern Ireland Under-21s for their game against Albania at home on the 31st August (19:30 BST) and away to Slovakia on 5th September (19:30 BST).
Finnish full-back Niko Hamalainen will face Austria in a friendly on 1st September before taking on the Faroe Islands in a UEFA U21 European Championship qualification match on 5th September (5pm BST) in Finland.
After making his full debut for QPR earlier this month Ilias Chair has been called up for a team training camp for the Morocco Under-21 side.