Breel Embolo and Switzerland have two crucial games ahead of them this week as they take on Northern Ireland with a spot in the 2018 World Cup at stake. Switzerland only managed to finish second in their group, despite acquiring nine wins out of ten in the group stages. The first leg takes place in Belfast on Thursday before the second leg on Sunday in Basel.
Likewise, Amine Harit has a crunch fixture with the Morocco national team to decide their fate as to whether they will be in Russia next summer. Morocco currently lead their group with nine points and require a draw against Ivory Coast to ensure their place at the World Cup.
Algeria sadly however do not the chance of qualifying for the World Cup when they face a Nigeria side who have already booked their ticket. On Tuesday, Nabil Bentaleb and co. will play in a friendly against the Central African Republic.
McKennie gets his first call-up
Weston McKennie’s performances in a Royal Blue shirt have rewarded him with a first call up to the US Men’s National Team. Having narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup, interim head coach Dave Sarachan will manage the side next Tuesday against reigning European champions Portugal in a friendly.
On the same evening, the Austria national team will be hoping to turn over a new leaf after missing out on their place at the 2018 World Cup. They take on Uruguay in a friendly and Franco Foda, the new Austria head coach, has called upon the services of Schalke’s Guido Burgstaller and Alessandro Schöpf. Yevhen Konoplyanka and Ukraine will take part in a friendly on Friday against Slovakia.
The Royal Blues' international fixtures
World Cup Qualifiers
Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland, 9/11, 20:45 CET, Belfast
Switzerland vs. Northern Ireland, 12/11, 18:00 CET, Basel
Ivory Coast vs. Morocco, 11/11, 18:30 CET, Abidjan
Algeria vs. Nigeria, 10/11, 20:30 CET, Constantine
Alessandro Schöpf and Guido Burgstaller
Austria vs. Uruguay, 14/11, 19:45 CET, Vienna
Ukraine vs. Slovakia, 10/11, 18:00 CET, Lviv
Portugal vs. USA, 14/11, 20:45 CET, Faro
Algeria vs. Central African Republic, 14/11, 20:30 CET, Algiers
Alexander Nübel und Thilo Kehrer
Azerbaijan vs. Germany, 9/11, 15:00 CET, Baku
Israel vs. Germany, 14/11, 17:30 CET, Ramat Gan