Internationals | Coady retains place in England squad

With the March internationals on the horizon, six members of Bruno Lage’s squad have currently been called up to represent their countries.

Captain Conor Coady is also back with England having been named in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad this afternoon.

With their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar already confirmed, the Three Lions face a pair of friendlies at Wembley Stadium in the coming fortnight as they take on Switzerland on Saturday 26th March and Ivory Coast three days later (Tuesday 29th).

Coady’s defensive teammate Willy Boly will be hoping to be among the Ivory Coast squad when that is announced for their friendlies with France and England.

Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are back in Portugal action, and they have crucial play-off matches ahead if they wish to qualify for the World Cup.

Portugal must get through a semi-final play-off with Turkey in Porto on Thursday (24th March) if they are to make it into a final clash with either Italy or North Macedonia, which would be played in Porto on Tuesday 29th March.

Morocco are also two games away from a place in Qatar, with the Atlas Lions’ captain Romain Saiss looking to make it through the final round of African qualifying.

They face a two-legged tie with DR Congo, heading away on Friday 25th March before hosting the second leg in Rabat the following Tuesday.

Hee Chan Hwang is also set for South Korean action as they face Iran at home on Thursday, before heading to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday for their final third round group stage matches.

South Korea have already guaranteed themselves a place in the World Cup, knowing that even defeat in those two matches will not allow them to be caught in the top two of their AFC qualifying group.

Among the squads to have been announced so far, Fabio Silva has been selected by Portugal under-21s for their UEFA under-21 championship qualifying matches with Iceland and Greece.

Portugal are sat top of the Group D table after five wins from their five qualifying matches so far, and will hope to continue their 100 per cent record when they host fourth-placed Iceland next Friday before heading to second-place Greece on the Tuesday.