The Premier League takes a pause for the next two weeks as players jet off from their clubs to join their national teams for the international break. I’ve long been of the opinion that international breaks suck, not only because they sap the momentum of the club season but because they add too much additional football to already overloaded players, often for stupid and meaningless friendly matches or made-up tournaments like the Nations League.
But that’s not what’s happening this time. European national teams are starting qualifiers for the next European Championships, while clubs in South America and Africa continue World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers. But yes, there are a few meaningless friendlies.
This time around there are
fifteen sixteen Tottenham Hotspur players involved in international fixtures. That’s actually a bit on the low side — Giovani Lo Celso was left out of Argentina’s squad due to illness, and Emerson Royal is occasionally called up to feature for Brazil but was not this time.
Here’s a list of all the Spurs players called up for their senior national teams.
Argentina: Cristian Romero
CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers: vs. Ecuador, Thurs. September 7 • @Bolivia, Tues. September 12
CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers: vs. Bolivia, Fri. September 8 • @Peru, Tues. September 12
Croatia: Ivan Perisic
EURO Qualifiers: vs. Latvia, Fri. September 8 • @Armenia, Mon. September 11
Denmark: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
EURO Qualifiers: vs. San Marino, Thurs. September 7 • @Finland, Sun. September 10
England: James Maddison
EURO Qualifiers: @Ukraine (Wroclaw, Poland), Sat. September 9 • @Scotland, Tues. September 12
Estonia: Maksim Paskotski
EURO Qualifiers: vs. Sweden, Sat. September 9 • @Belgium, Tues. September 12
Israel: Manor Solomon
EURO Qualifiers: @Romania, Sat. September 9 • vs. Belarus, Tues. September 12
Italy: Guglielmo Vicario
EURO Qualifiers: @North Macedonia, Sat. September 9 • vs. Ukraine, Tues. September 12
Mali: Yves Bissouma
AFCON Qualifier: vs. South Sudan, Sat. September 8 • Friendly: @Ivory Coast, Tues. September 12
Netherlands: Micky van de Ven
EURO Qualifiers: vs. Greece, Thurs. September 7 • @Ireland, Sun. September 10
Senegal: Pape Matar Sarr
AFCON Qualifier: vs. Rwanda, Sat. September 9 • Friendly: vs. Algeria, Tues. September 12
South Korea: Son Heung-Min
Friendlies: @Wales, Thurs. September 7 • vs. Saudi Arabia (St. James Park, UK), Tues. September 12
Sweden: Dejan Kulusevski
EURO Qualifiers: @Estonia, Sat. September 9 • vs. Austria, Tues. September 12
Wales: Ben Davies, Brennan Johnson, Joe Rodon
Friendly: vs. South Korea, Thurs. September 7 • EURO Qualifier: @Latvia, Mon. September 11