Liverpool's Internationals: Preview and Schedule

Shaun Botterill

Previewing the international friendlies from a Liverpool point of view, with England v. Brazil and Spain v. Uruguay headlining the mid-week action.

None of the matches taking place this week actually matter, with World Cup qualifying waiting until the end of March to get back under way, but at least there are a few genuine prestige pairings to hold everyone's interest while they worry about players picking up knocks in games that don't matter.

From a Liverpool point of view, the interesting action kicks off today with Jordan Henderson captaining England U21s against Sweden, while Wednesday holds the promise of England v. Brazil at Wembley and Spain v. Uruguay from Qatar.

England v. Brazil
Wednesday, February 6th
7:30PM GMT/2:30PM EST

Steven Gerrard will captain England and is expected to be joined in the starting eleven by Glen Johnson as the Three Lions face Brazil in the one of February's prestige friendlies on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out due a mild thigh strain but hopes to be able to face West Brom on Monday. Lucas has not been included in the Brazil squad.

Spain v. Uruguay
Wednesday, February 6th
6PM GMT/1PM EST

Spain and Uruguay both travel to Qatar for another big name pairing, and despite his shaky form for Liverpool Pepe Reina remains in the Spanish picture even if all that likely means is a prime spot on the bench to watch the match from.

On the Uruguayan side, Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates have both been named to Oscar Tabarez' squad, with Suarez expected to play at least a half as the Uruguayan manager hopes to get all his players gametime in a match without substitution limits.

Macedonia v. Denmark
Wednesday, February 6th
6:30PM GMT/1:30PM EST

Daniel Agger is expected to start for Denmark in their rather less prestigious match against Macedonia, with the Danes traveling to the Philip II Arena in Skopje in advance of March's more meaningful international match-ups.

Belgium v. Slovakia
Wednesday, February 6th
7:45PM GMT/2:45PM EST

After being left out of the starting eleven against Arsenal and Manchester City, Martin Skrtel will be looking to impress as he captains Slovakia in an intriguing friendly, even if most eyes are likely to be focused on England and Brazil when it kicks off.

Wales v. Austria
Wednesday, February 6th
7:45PM GMT/2:45PM EST

Joe Allen is expected to start for Wales with Austria making the trip to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, with the player hoping to recover something of the early-season form that for a time made him undroppable at Liverpool.

England U21 v. Sweden U21
Tuesday, February 5th
7:30PM GMT/2:30PM EST

Jordan Henderson will captain England's U21 side against Sweden tonight, with Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom, and Jack Robinson also included in the lineup. Raheem Sterling, carrying a slight unidentified knock, has been left off the squad.

Elsewhere in U21 action, Suso has been included in the Spanish side set to face Belgium on today, while Fabio Borini has been selected to face Germany as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.

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