International Reds Round-up

Manchester United defenders Victor Lindelof and Matteo Darmian are set to go head to head for their countries when Sweden and Italy meet in the play-offs for the World Cup finals in Russia.

The first leg on Friday sees Lindelof’s Sweden welcome the Azzurri to the Friends Arena in Stockholm, scene of the Reds' Europa League triumph last May.

Darmian’s Italy will then host the return fixture at the San Siro on Monday with both ties starting at 19:45 GMT.
United centre-back Eric Bailly is suspended for Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualification match against Morocco, which will decide whether the African Cup of Nations champions top Group E to reach their fourth successive World Cup.

Meanwhile, in two of the glamour friendlies scheduled to be played during the international break, Wembley will be the scene for serial World Cup winners Germany and Brazil to take on England.

Four Reds have been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad, including Ashley Young, who has not played for his country since 2013. Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard make up the remainder of the United contingent in the Three Lions squad.

Elsewhere, Armenian hero Henrikh Mkhitaryan will represent his country against Belarus and Cyprus, while United’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku will be on show when Belgium face Japan and Mexico. Marouane Fellaini is not included in Roberto Martinez's squad as he looks to regain full fitness.

Nemanja Matic is travelling to the Far East to play against China and South Korea for Serbia, with a place in Russia already assured after topping a group containing Republic of Ireland and Wales.

Anthony Martial has earned a recall to the France squad after his fine form with a date against Wales for Les Bleus up first on Friday, before a high-profile friendly in Germany. Daley Blind is also facing British opposition as Scotland meet the Netherlands on Thursday evening ahead of a clash in Romania. Tim Fosu-Mensah, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, has also been promoted to the Dutch senior squad after initially being named in the Under-21s.

Between the posts, Reds goalkeepers David De Gea and Sergio Romero will both be tasked with keeping out World Cup hosts Russia on behalf of Spain and Argentina respectively.

Thursday 9 November:
Armenia v Belarus, 14:00 GMT (Mkhitaryan)
Scotland v Netherlands, 19:45 GMT (Blind, Fosu-Mensah)
Friday 10 November:
China v Serbia, 11:35 GMT (Matic)
Sweden v Italy, 19:45 GMT (Lindelof / Darmian)
Belgium v Mexico, 19:45 GMT (Lukaku)
England v Germany, 20:00 GMT (Jones, Lingard, Rashford, Young)
France v Wales, 20:00 GMT (Martial)
Saturday 11 November
Russia v Argentina, 13:00 GMT (Romero)
Spain v Costa Rica, 20:30 GMT (De Gea)
Monday 13 November
Italy v Sweden, 19:45 GMT (Darmian / Lindelof)
Armenia v Cyprus, 14:00 GMT (Mkhitaryan)
Tuesday 14 November
South Korea v Serbia, 11:00 GMT (Matic)
Argentina v Nigeria, 16:30 GMT (Romero)
Russia v Spain, 18:45 GMT (De Gea)
Romania v Netherlands, 19:00 GMT (Blind, Fosu-Mensah)
Belgium v Japan, 19:45 GMT (Lukaku)
Germany v France, 19:45 GMT (Martial)
England v Brazil, 20:00 GMT (Jones, Lingard, Rashford, Young)


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