International break: no rest for the weary

It’s October, which means another international week. While the world is still in recovery from this summer’s World Cup, two major tournaments are on the horizon: the Women’s World Cup and UEFA’s U21 Championship. In addition, the newly created League of Nations (whatever that is) will be in full swing.

It’s pretty much the same cast of characters, with two major exceptions: Tanguy Ndombélé has made the jump from France’s U21s to the senior team. It’s well deserved, though Didier Deschamps made it clear that Ndombélé’s inclusion is the direct result of Corentin Tolisso’s injury. The other big news is Jason Denayer’s return to the Belgian NT after two years, which is welcome after his outstanding performances the past two months.

Keep your fingers crossed that both will remain fixtures for their national teams.




Les Bleus: Tanguy Ndombélé [France vs Iceland, 10/11/18; France vs Germany, 10/16/18]
U21: Lucas Tousart, Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembele [France vs Turkey, 10/12/18; France vs Slovenia, 10/16/18]
U20: Lenny Pintor [Serbia vs France, 10/15/18]
U19: Pierre Kalulu Kyatengwa, Théo Ndicka Matam, Maxence Caqueret, Oumar Solet [Armenia vs France, 10/13/18; Armenia vs France, 10/15/18]
U16: Rayan Cherki, Malo Gusto [France vs Denmark, 9/25/18, France vs Denmark, 9/27/18]

Burkina Faso: Bertrand Traoré [Burkina Faso vs Botswana, 10/13/19; Botswana vs Burkina Faso, 10/16/18]

Canada: Zachary Brault-Guillard [Canada vs Domenica, 10/16/18]

Ivory Coast: Maxwel Cornet [Ivory Coast vs Central African Republic, 10/12/18, Central African Republic vs Ivory Coast, 10/16/18]

Netherlands: Memphis Depay [Belgium vs Netherlands, 10/16/18]

Belgium: Jason Denayer [Belgium vs Netherlands, 10/16/18]

Togo: Malcolm Barcola [Togo vs Gambia, 10/12/18; Gambia vs Togo, 10/16/18]

Switzerland: Anthony Racioppi [Portugal U20 vs Switzerland U20, 10/11,18; Germany U20 vs Switzerland U20, 10/16/18]

Not called: Martin Terrier (France U21, injury), Anthony Lopes (Portugal, the coach is mad at him), Kenny Tete (Netherlands, injury), Nabil Fekir (France, injury)


The Women’s World Cup is just around the corner. Will France bring it home?


Les Bleues: Sarah Bouhaddi, Amandine Henry, Emelyne Laurent, Eugénie Le Sommer, Amel Majri, Griedge Mbock, Wendie Renard [France vs Australia, 10/5/18; France vs Cameroon, 10/9/18]
U19: Lorena Azzaro, Selma Bacha, Grace Kazadi, Eva Kouache, Melvine Malard, Jessy Danielle Roux [France vs Scotland, 10/6/18; Spain vs France [10/9/18]

Canada: Kadeisha Buchanan [Canada vs Jamaica, 10/5/18; Cuba vs Canada, 10/8/18; Costa Rica vs Canada, 10/11/18]

England: Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen [England vs Brazil, 10/6/18, England vs Australia, 10/9/18]

Germany: Carolin Simon [Germany vs Austria, 10/6/18]

Netherlands: Shanice van de Sanden [Netherlands vs Denmark, 10/5/18; Denmark vs Netherlands, 10/9/18]

We think that’s it, but there are so many internationals floating about that if I missed one, let us know.

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