Eleven Foals called up for international duty
The first international break of the year is almost upon us, with eleven Borussia players selected for the respective countries. Germany head coach Hansi Flick has opted not to call up Jonas Hofmann for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Belgium, instead using the games to give a chance to some younger players.
Both Jonas Omlin and Nico Elvedi have been called up by coach Murat Yakin for Switzerland’s upcoming European qualifiers against Belarus and Israel.
- Saturday, 25th March, 18:00 CET in Novi Sad, Serbia: Belarus vs. Switzerland (EURO 2024 qualifying)
- Tuesday, 28th March, 20:45 CEST in Genf: Switzerland vs. Israel (EURO 2024 qualifying)
Marcus Thuram keeps his spot in Didier Deschamps’ France squad following on from their World Cup campaign, and is even joined by his younger brother Kephrén from OGC Nice. The runners-up at Qatar 2022 will start their European qualifying campaign against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.
- Friday, 24th March, 20:45 CET in Paris: France vs. Netherlands (EURO 2024 qualifying)
- Monday, 27th March, 20:45 CEST in Dublin: Republic of Ireland vs. France (EURO 2024 qualifying)
Yvandro Borges Sanches is joined by Borussia U17s goalkeeper Tiago Pereira Cardoso in the Luxembourg squad for their matches against Slovakia and Portugal.
- Thursday, 23rd March, 20:45 CET in Trnava: Slovakia vs. Luxembourg (EURO 2024 qualifying)
- Sunday, 26th March, 20:45 CEST in Luxembourg: Luxembourg vs. Portugal (EURO 2024 qualifying)
Ko Itakura is part of the Japan setup as they play in the Kirin Challenge Cup. Their opponents are both from South America, following up a meeting with Uruguay with a clash against Colombia.
- Friday, 24th March, 11:30 CET in Tokyo: Japan vs. Uruguay (Kirin Challenge Cup 2023)
- Tuesday, 28th March, 11:20 in Osaka: Japan vs. Colombia (Kirin Challenge Cup 2023)
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter has included Joe Scally in his 24-man squad for the final two group matches in the CONCACAF Nations League against Grenada and El Salvador. The USA currently sit second and need a point more than current leaders El Salvador to progress to the finals, although Scally’s boys do have a game in hand.
- Saturday, 25th March, 01:00 CET in St. George’s: Grenada vs. USA (CONCACAF Nations League)
- Tuesday, 28th March, 01:30 CEST in Orlando: USA vs. El Salvador (CONCACAF Nations League)
The Algeria national team currently top their group with six points from six in qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They can tighten their grip on Group F with a pair of wins over second-placed Niger in March, and head coah Djamel Belmadi has called on Ramy Bensebaini‘s services.
- Thursday, 23rd March, 22:00 CET in Baraki: Algeria vs. Niger (2023 AFCON qualifying)
- Monday, 27th March, 18:00 CEST in Cotonou: Niger vs. Algeria (2023 AFCON qualifying)
Luca Netz will be reunited with on-loan Burnley defender Jordan Beyer during the international break, with the two Foals being called into Antonio di Salvo’s Germany U21s squad for their friendlies against Japan and Romania.
- Friday, 24th March, 18:15 CET in Frankfurt: Germany U21s vs. Japan U21s (friendly)
- Tuesday, 28th March, 18:15 CEST in Sibiu: Romania U21s vs. Germany U21s (friendly)
Manu Koné‘s impressive performances for Borussia weren’t quite enough to convince Didier Deschamps this time around, but he still remains a part of the France U21s squad for their upcoming friendlies against strong opposition in the form of England and Spain.
- Saturday, 25th March, 18:00 CET in Leicester: England U21s vs. France U21s (friendly)
- Tuesday, 28th March, 18:30 CEST in Vannes: France U21s vs. Spain U21s (friendly)
After making his Denmark U21s debut in November, Oscar Fraulo has also been selected by new head coach Steffen Højer for the team’s friendlies against Ukraine and Switzerland in March, as he hopes to get more important minutes under his belt.
- Friday, 24th March, 14:30 CET in Belek, Turkey: Ukraine U21s vs. Denmark U21s (friendly)
- Tuesday, 28th March, 18:00 CEST in Odense: Denmark U21s vs. Switzerland U21s (friendly)