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International preview: Where will Leeds players be gracing the pitch during the international break?

Leeds will have a few players on international duty over the break.

Italy v FYR Macedonia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto via Getty Images

International breaks are often a time of boredom for Leeds United fans and that only seems to be exacerbated since Marcelo Bielsa took over as manager, and the joy that has brought.

While we try to calm down and stop cursing the name of James Linington (which hopefully we will have by the match against Birmingham City on 19th October), we may still want to watch some football - if you do, this is where you will be able to see our players in action. Unfortunately for him, Liam Cooper had to withdraw from the Scotland squad with his injury but there are still plenty of players to keep an eye out for.

Stuart Dallas will probably be selected at right-back for Northern Ireland’s huge Group C match against Netherlands in Rotterdam on Thursday 10th October. Northern Ireland have a 3 point cushion over the Dutch, they have however played a game more, a result in Rotterdam would give them a real shot at getting through an incredibly tough group (while it would still be unlikely).

A result in Rotterdam could give Northern Ireland a real shot at qualification.

Northern Ireland’s second match in this international break is a trip to Prague to face Czech Republic in a friendly on Monday 14th October. With this being a friendly there is a chance that Dallas could be rested - not that he ever seems to need one.

In Group G, North Macedonia have a home game against Slovenia on Thursday 10th October in which Ezgjan Alioski will probably be involved. On the same night, Mateusz Klich will travel to Latvia with a Poland side which currently tops the group.

North Macedonia need a couple of good results if they are to qualify for EURO 2020.

The big Group G match for Leeds fans will be on Sunday 13th October when Klich and Alioski could well go head-to-head in a qualifier in Warsaw.

Tyler Roberts will hoping to to add to his six senior caps as Wales travel to Latvia on Thursday for a friendly, before facing Group E leaders Croatia on Sunday in Cardiff. Wales are currently in fourth position in the group but a result against a strong Croatia side would really strengthen their chance of qualification.

Wales need a result at home to Croatia on Sunday.

Away from the senior internationals, Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah will be hoping to extend his excellent scoring record (four goals in six matches) for England U21s as they face an away trip to Slovenia on Friday, followed by a game against Austria in Milton Keynes.

Other young Leeds players who will be on England duty are Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jack Clarke, and Ryan Edmondson, who will play for the U20s and U19s respectively.

The U20s have an away game against Italy on Thursday followed by a game against the Czech Republic in Peterborough on Monday 14th October. Edmondson and the U19s play in the Marbella International Cup (as you would guess, in Spain) against France on Wednesday, and Belgium on Saturday.

Alfie McCalmont got an unexpected senior cap for Northern Ireland against Luxembourg in September but returns to the U21 setup for two away trips to Denmark (Thursday) and Romania (Monday).

Mateusz Bogusz makes his second Poland U21 squad having made his debut during the last break, registering an assist and winning a penalty in his 30 minutes on the pitch. He will be hoping for a bigger chance to impress as they travel to play Russia (Thursday), before hosting Serbia (Tuesday 15th).

Having been limited to U23 football since his loan move from Lorient, Ilhan Meslier will hope to get some time on the pitch for France U21s in their away trips to Azerbaijan (Thursday) and Slovakia (next Tuesday).

Finally, Kun Temenuzhkov will be hoping to get his first goal for Bulgaria U21s as they have a home match against Serbia (Friday) before travelling to Latvia (Next Tuesday).