Internationals: Henriquez joy
Angelo Henriquez has been introduced to Chile’s senior squad for the matches with Ecuador and Argentina.
The 18-year-old was called up by coach Claudio Borghi to replace injured Cagliari hitman Mauricio Pinilla and is surprised by his elevation to the World Cup qualifiers.
“Unfortunately, we have important players injured,” he told Radio ADN. “That has worked in my favour and I hope to play. Otherwise, I will continue to work the same way to have another call-up. It’s not what I expected – I was ready to play with the Under-20s.
“I have been working very hard and intensively in England. Mentally, it is a huge motivation to come and play for the Chilean national team.”
Antonio Valencia misses the Quito encounter due to suspension after being red-carded in his last international. The winger hopes to play against Venezuela, however, on 16 October.
Javier Hernandez has flown to the United States to meet up with the Mexico squad ahead of the clash with Guyana in Houston, with a home clash in Torreon against El Salvador to follow.
Closer to home, Shinji Kagawa is in Japan’s plans after sitting out their last fixture with a back problem with Alberto Zaccheroni’s side tackling Patrice Evra‘sFrance in Paris and Brazil in Poland in two prestigious friendlies.
The Reds have four representatives in Roy Hodgson’s latest England party.Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck,Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrickwill hope to feature against San Marino and Poland.
Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland) andDarren Fletcher (Scotland) are also in action for the Home Nations whileRobbie Brady has been drafted into Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland squad to replace striker Kevin Doyle after initially being on the stand-by list.
Nani is likely to be in direct opposition to Evans in Oporto while fellow established international star Robin van Persie also has World Cup qualifiers with Holland – against Andorra and Romania.
Joshua King is in Norway’s plans despite featuring for United’s Under-21s on Monday night, when he set up two goals against Southampton. Anders Lindegaard was forced to withdraw from the Denmark squad due to an ankle injury with Steffen Rasmussen taking his place.
Reds on international duty
CHILE v Ecuador (A), Argentina (H)
ECUADOR v Venezuela (A)
ENGLAND v San Marino (H), Poland (A)
Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley
Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck
FRANCE v Japan (H), Spain (A)
JAPAN v France (A), Brazil (N)
MEXICO v Guyana (N), El Salvador (H)
NETHERLANDS v Andorra (H), Romania (A)
Robin van Persie
NORTHERN IRELAND v Portugal (A)
NORWAY v Switzerland (A), Cyprus (A)
PORTUGAL v Northern Ireland (H)
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v Germany (H), Faroe Islands (A)
SCOTLAND v Wales (A), Belgium (A)