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Despite Nick Pope being overlooked by the hard to fathom Gareth Southgate, we still have seven of our players going off on international duty for their respective countries as domestic football takes its second break of the season.

Just one of the seven is awaiting an international debut. Nathan Collins was called up last time but had to drop out through injury but, fresh from a Premier League debut he’s back in the Republic of Ireland squad who have a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku before returning home to where they will play Qatar in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium.

Collins will be joined in the squad by former Claret Jeff Hendrick, who scored Newcastle’s goal in their 2-1 defeat at Wolves two days ago, and Michael Keane’s twin brother Will. Could they become the first twins to play international football for two different countries?

Wales have two World Cup qualifiers, and both away from home. They first face the Czech Republic in Prague before travelling to Tallin to take on Estonia. They do so with both Wayne Hennessey and Connor Roberts in the squad.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has spoken to the FAW about Roberts who is still to play for us as he comes back from the injury sustained playing for Wales in Euro 2020 during the summer. Dyche said: “We’ve made it clear to them he’s hardly played, he’s played 45 minutes so he’s a bit behind the curve. He’s generally fit, very fit actually, the way he is as a lad.”

On the subject of Wales and their first game in Prague. They could come up against Matěj Vydra who has been called up for that game which is followed by an away game against Belarus.

Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson is in the Iceland squad. They kick off with a home game against Armenia before a home game against Liechtenstein.

Maxwel Cornet missed Saturday’s home draw against Norwich but is now on his way to Africa to represent Cote D’Ivoire in two games against Malawi, the first of them away and then the return at home.

That just leaves Bailey Peacock-Farrell who is in the Northern Ireland squad for qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria which are both away from home.

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