United are well represented during the latest round of international matches with Roy Hodgson including three Reds in his England squad for a friendly in Switzerland.
Hodgson’s team are taking on Euro 2012 conquerors Italy, looking to avenge the recent penalty shoot-out defeat in the quarter-finals, with Ashley Youngjoined by midfielders Michael Carrickand Tom Cleverley in the squad for Berne.
Nani is in Portugal’s plans for the Faro clash with Panama, Anders Lindegaard could keep goal for Denmark against Slovakia and Patrice Evra will hope for another France cap when Uruguay provide the opposition in Le Havre.
After winning a silver medal for Brazil at the Olympics, Rafael is included again for a senior encounter with Sweden in Solna and three stars are travelling further afield. Javier Hernandez has a mouthwatering fixture to look forward to when Mexico tackle old foes USA in Mexico City, Shinji Kagawa is representing Japan in Sapporo against Venezuela and Antonio Valencia‘s Ecuador entertain Chile in the early hours of Thursday morning UK time, with the game taking place in the United States.
Robbie Brady was retained for Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s as they have an important qualifier against Turkey, rather than earning a call-up to Giovanni Trapattoni’s senior squad. His manager Noel King admitted to RTE: “I know the senior manager wanted him in for the game against Serbia, but he has allowed us to have him, so I’m very pleased with that. But I would imagine if Robbie keeps making the progress he has been then he will certainly play for the senior team quite a number of times.”
Joshua King is also on Under-21 duty, with Norway, but Marnick Vermijl has withdrawn from the Belgium squad at that level for the meeting with Scotland.