World Cup qualifiers (Europe) : Premier League stars looking forward to international games


There will be a break of Premier League due to the World Cup qualifications and International Friendlies. Sometimes, this break really stops the momentum. Sometime, it is useful to regain composure.

Lots of Premier League players will play their parts in the World Cup qualifiers. It can lead to lose form, injury and fatigue. Many players will play to continue their club form; some will play to get back into the main scene of the club. Top European teams will play World Cup qualifiers along with some friendly matches as well.

Let us take a look at some players you should watch out in this International Break from European region.

Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) vs Netherlands and Estonia

Eden Hazard is one of the most in form players in the Premier League. He has scored 7 and has an assist. Kevin De Bruyne is not far behind. He scored twice and assisted six times. So, it will be a formidable midfield for the Belgians. Keep an eye on Romelu Lukaku too, for he has a natural knack of scoring.

Wayne Rooney, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy (England) vs Spain

The Liverpool duo of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson are in real super form. They are leading many statistics. But really the most interesting part will be the strikers. Wayne Rooney will try to force back as a regular starter in Manchester United starting lineup. Daniel Sturridge has a bit the of same problem. He starts in cup matches, but is not regularly in the Premier League. Jamie Vardy is failing to show his old form and Harry Kane is just returning from injury. So whatever the striker combination is, there are lots to watch for.

David De Gea, David Silva, Juan Mata and Diego Costa (Spain) vs Macedonia and England

Spain are trying to come out of the disappointment of Euro 2016. Under new coach, they are trying to rebuild that. They have a World Cup qualifier against Macedonia and a tough friendly against England. Diego Costa, the Premier League top scorer, is back in the side and wants to kick-start his Spanish Career. Juan Mata is in good form, too. David De Gea always save his team’s blushes no matter where he plays. David Silva is not in his best form but he is a game changer. They are the real deal for Spain.

Paul Pogba, Dimitry Payet, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud (France) vs Sweden and Ivory Coast

France broke the heart of their supporters by losing in the final of Euro 2016. Now, it is time for recovery. Olivier Giroud did not often get the deserved credit though he is a natural goal scorer. Dimitry Payet is playing well, but he still lacks support in the underperforming West Ham side. He should not have any such kind of problem in national colours. N’Golo Kante is continuing his form in Chelsea. But Paul Pogba is criticized for being overplayed and he is not performing that great. So, he can choose these two matches to get back into the form and stop the critics.

Iikay Gundogan (Germany) vs San Marino and Italy

Iikay Gundogan is really doing well since his comeback from a devastating injury. He is back in the national team too. It’s not quite sure though whether he will get a start or not. But he should be one of most watched player in the German team as he is in excellent form. Germany has a World Cup qualifying match with minnows San Marino and a tough friendly against Italy. Gundogan may feature in either of those or in both. The future of German midfield is on the shoulder of him.

Daily Blind, Virgil Van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum (Netherlands) vs Belgium and Luxemburg

Daily Blind and Virgil Van Dijk are really impressive in defence for their respective team. Gini Wijnaldum has also got his first goal for Liverpool last week. This trio is very important for Netherlands. Netherlands failed to qualify in Euro 2016. Now, they want to go to book the World Cup place early. These men are keys to achieve that feat.

Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen (Wales) vs Serbia

Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen are two of the most important members who created history by reaching Euro 2016 semifinal. Joe Allen continued his form in the Premier League after the transfer to Stoke City. Aaron Ramsey, however, was injured and is trying to rediscover his old form. So, this is a contrasting situation for them against Serbia. But, no doubt both players will have a big role for Wales.

Christian Eriksen (Denmark) vs Kazakhstan and Czech Republic

Denmark will play Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in World Cup qualifier and in a friendly, respectively. Christian Eriksen is the main man for it. His team Tottenham Hotspur are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, so far. Though it is not his best season start, but he is a game changer. So, keep an eye on him.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) vs Croatia and Malta

Iceland shocked many football fans and pundits by their performance in Euro 2016. Now, their bid for a place in World Cup 2018 is going well. They are joint topper in their group of qualification. They have a very tough match against other joint topper Croatia. They really want the best from Sigurdsson to face this task. Despite the struggle of his team in the Premier League, Sigurdsson is in a decent form. He has scored 3 goals and 3 assists. Iceland will also face Malta in a friendly.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) vs Montengro

Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled in Manchester United since his big money move to the Premier League from Dortmund. But it is his chance to show Jose Mourinho his capability and fitness. Basically, he is the captain of the team and the focal point of the whole team. So, the performance of Armenia will heavily depend on him. He will be eager to show his best, too.


Which of the above Premier League stars will you be rooting for?

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