02/10/2017 15:00, Report by Matt Bullin
The second international break of the season is upon us and no fewer than 14 Manchester United players have left the Aon Training Complex to represent their respective countries in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Initially, 15 players were called up for international duty but Phil Jones had to withdraw from the England squad through injury on Monday and has returned to the club.
We’ve rounded up the fixtures you should look out for, and which of Jose Mourinho’s Reds will likely be in action…
ARGENTINA (SERGIO ROMERO)
United’s back-up keeper is expected to start for Argentina in their crunch upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru on Friday and Ecuador five days later. Romero’s side currently sit fifth in a tightly contested South American group, knowing that if they finish in fifth spot, they will face a play-off round in their quest to reach the finals in Russia.
ARMENIA (HENRIKH MKHITARYAN)
Mkhitaryan will spend next summer supporting his team-mates’ international endeavours, as qualification for Russia 2018 is now impossible for Armenia. However, the attacking midfielder will look to lead his country with pride when they face Group E leaders Poland on Thursday, and then bottom side Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena.
BELGIUM (ROMELU LUKAKU, MAROUANE FELLAINI)
Belgium became the first European country to qualify for the World Cup in the last round of qualifiers, as they hammered Gibraltar 9-0, and then overcame Greece 2-1 at the Karaiskakis Stadium. United’s two Belgian aces have been among the top players in the squad in recent weeks, and both will look to carry their form onto the international stage.
ECUADOR (ANTONIO VALENCIA)
Valencia’s Ecuador currently sit eighth in the South American group and, after two disappointing defeats in September, their chances of qualification look very slim. However, the flying full-back will hope to inspire…