Seven Wolves men will be representing their country this weekend as World Cup qualification reaches a climax.
Alfred N’Diaye, Romain Saiss and Prince Oniangue will all turn their attention to helping their nations to Russia for next summer’s tournament.
N’Diaye’s Senegal face a crucial match with Cape Verde on Saturday. The Senegalese are third in their four-team group, but they sit one point off top with three games to go, one being in hand on the two sides above them.
Saiss’ Morocco are in the thick of a three-horse race to reach Russia with Ivory Coast and Gabon. The three teams are separated by just two points, so Saturday’s clash against Gabon could be crucial for Saiss’ men, especially with their final game coming against Ivory Coast in November.
However, things aren’t as positive for Oniangue’s Congo, who already stand no chance of making it to Russia. Having picked up just one point from their first four matches, they have just pride to play for when facing group-leaders Egypt on Sunday.
Away from the World Cup, Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Connor Ronan are competing for qualification to the UEFA Under-21 Championships in 2019.
Neves and Jota are both representing Portugal on Tuesday in Bosnia and Herzegovina, after they got off to a winning start in the group against Wales last time out – when Neves was on target from the penalty spot.
Ronan’s Republic of Ireland have made a flying start to the group, beating Kosovo and Azerbaijan already and they’ll look to continue their perfect start when hosting Norway on Thursday and Israel on Monday in Dublin.
As for Morgan Gibbs-White, he takes on the challenge of the Under-17 World Cup with England this month. After a friendly with New Zealand on Sunday, England face the group stage of the competition out in India, with games against Chile, Mexico and Iraq on the agenda.
Away from Wolves, Lee Evans, currently on loan at Wigan Athletic, will be part of the Wales squad trying to secure a Play-Off place for next year’s World Cup. The Welsh face crucial games with Georgia on Friday and Republic of Ireland on Monday.
Wolves would like to wish all their players good luck when away on international duty.