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It started on Monday with Dwight McNeil winning an England under-21 call up and yesterday Matej Vydra was included in the Czech Republic squad; they have been joined by five more Clarets who have been called up by their respective countries.

By the end of yesterday, Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson had been called up by Iceland for three World Cup qualifiers, all of them away from home. They start with the toughest of them against Germany a week today in Duisburg and then move on to play Armenia in Yerevan (25th March) and Liechtenstein in Vaduz (31st).

Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell led the way today with a Northern Ireland call. Now capped 18 times at full international level he’s in the squad for their qualifiers against Italy in Parma (25th) and Bulgaria at Windsor Park (31st). They also have a friendly against the USA between those two games to be played on the 28th, also at Windsor Park.

Kevin Long and Robbie Brady were the next two when named in the Republic of Ireland squad. Like Northern Ireland, they have two World Cup qualifiers and one friendly. The two qualifiers come first against Serbia in Beograd (24th) and Luxembourg at the Aviva Stadium (27th). This current international break ends for them with a friendly against Qatar in Debrecen (30th).

Finally, at 2 p.m. today, Gareth Southgate named his England squad, an England squad without Jordan Pickford who suffered an injury playing in Everton’s 2-1 defeat against us last Saturday. Surely that will make Nick Pope first choice who has Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone alongside him as the other goalkeepers in the squad.

For England it is three World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland. The first against San Marino (25th) and the last against Poland (31st) are at Wembley with the away game against Albania in Tirana on 28th March.

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