The September break is always the hardest, isn’t it? Only three games in, and we already have to say good bye to our players and hope that they come back safely.
The fact that these international matches are competitive is both better and worse. Better because at least it’s worth it for players to put in an extra 90 minutes, but worse because no top player will be rested.
Covid-19 is, of course, still very much around, which has kept Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino from traveling. Additionally neither of Thiago Alcantara or Ibrahima Konate have been called up by their respective countries.
There is still plenty of midweek action to take in, if you’re interested in keeping up with the players while they’re gone.
On Wednesday, September 1st, Virgil van Dijk will make his much awaited Netherlands return, donning the captain’s armband and helping the Dutch take on Norway in World Cup qualifying. Also playing for World Cup qualification will be Diogo Jota with Portugal.
Also on Wednesday, Andy Robertson’s Scotland take on Denmark. Greece has a friendly lined up against Switzerland, so Kostas Tsimikas could face former teammate Xherdan Shaqiri.
In Senegal, Sadio Mane and his compatriots will face Togo. Naby Keita will represent Guinea when they play against Guinea-Bissau. Both matches are World Cup qualifiers.
On Thursday, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have both been called up for England. They will take on Hungary.
For the U21s, both Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are playing for England against Romania in a friendly.