Six Crystal Palace players have been selected by their countries for international duty this month.
The group will be playing across Europe and Africa, with four players taking part in qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The October break is made up of two matches, with Palace not in Premier League action again until October 18 when they travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal.
The last international break in September saw seven Palace players in action, however, Christian Benteke and Jeffrey Schlupp have not been selected in the squads for Belgium and Ghana, respectively.
Below football.london has a rundown on where and when the Eagles players will be in action for their countries this month.
Wilfried Zaha is back in the squad for the Ivory Coast as they play back to back World Cup qualifying matches against Malawi.
The winger last played for the Elephants in March in victories over Niger and Ethiopia and missed their last two squads in June and September.
He is joined in the squad by fellow Premier League stars Nicholas Pepe and Eric Bailly of Arsenal and Manchester United, respectively, plus former West Ham striker Sebastien Haller.
Jordan Ayew has kept his place in the Ghana squad for their home and away matches against Zimbabwe, meanwhile.
The 30-year-old has made 69 appearances for the Black Stars since his debut in 2010 and scored 18 goals, putting him tenth on their all-time top scorers’ list.
Ayew’s most recent appearance for his country was in a World Cup qualifier last month. He started the match as Ghana overcame Ethiopia 1-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium, getting the hosts off to the perfect start in Group G.
Eagles teammate Jeffrey Schlupp also started that match but had to be substituted with a hamstring injury that ruled him out of Crystal Palace’s games against Spurs and Liverpool.
He returned for Patrick Vieira’s side with a late cameo against Brighton before scoring off the bench on Sunday to draw Palace level against Leicester.
Despite this, Schlupp has not been selected for the Ghana squad this time around. Due to his injury, he was left off of the provisional squad list released last week, and has not been added to it since.
Joachim Andersen’s brilliant year spent with the Denmark national team is set to continue, as he has once again be named in their squad for matches against Moldova and Austria.
The 25-year-old made his debut for his country against Luxembourg in 2019, but then had to wait until March of this year to get back onto the pitch.
His performances meant he played his way into Kasper Hjulmand’s squad for EURO 2020, where he featured off the bench in all three of Denmark’s knockout games.
In the September international break, Andersen played 90 minutes twice in wins against Scotland and Israel, helping Denmark to extend their lead at the top of Group F to seven points.
The Danes haven’t conceded a goal in their World Cup qualifying campaign so far, and will face bottom side Moldova away on Saturday.
Cheikhou Kouyate has been called up to the Senegal squad once again for their matches both home and away against Namibia.
The midfielder played in last month’s 2-0 win over Togo but had to be substituted 20 minutes before the end of the match due to suffering from fatigue and cramps.
He made a full recovery but missed Senegal’s next game against Congo – ending a run of 18 straight matches he had either started for the Lions or come off the bench in.
Senegal first play Nambiba on Saturday night at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies before the return fixture takes place three days later in the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
Both Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher have once again been called up the England Under-21s squad for their matches this month against Slovenia and Andorra.
The duo both made the squad last month, with Lee Carsley naming Guehi as his captain after taking over as manager from Aidy Boothroyd.
Gallagher has recently had his name thrown in the ring as a potential player to get a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad, and although it didn’t happen for the Chelsea loanee this time around his manager at Crystal Palace seems to think it won’t be long if he keeps up his good form.
“He needs to be consistent,” said Vieira. “I think these kinds of performances that he’s been doing lately, he has to keep doing it and when the time is right, I’m sure that the manager will call him.”
England Under-21s take on Slovenia this Thursday at the Stadion Z’dezele before playing in Andorra at the Estadi Nacional four days later on Monday.
Source by Football London