Eine Nahaufnahme des Mittelfeldspielers der Profimannschaft des VfL Wolfsburg, Jakub Blaszczykowski in seinem Nationalmannschaftstrikot auf dem Spielfeld.
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Wolves on international duty

Ten VfL Wolfsburg players will link up with their respective national teams in October.

Eine Nahaufnahme des Mittelfeldspielers der Profimannschaft des VfL Wolfsburg, Jakub Blaszczykowski in seinem Nationalmannschaftstrikot auf dem Spielfeld.

The second international break of the season means several Wolves will once again be hoping to shine on the global stage, with the majority of the Green-Whites involved in either UEFA Nations League fixtures or Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, although there are also a number of friendlies on the calendar.

UEFA Nations League

After Poland's record cap holder Jakub Blaszczykowski helped his side to a 1-1 draw with Italy in their Nations League opener, the Poles face two more matches in the competition this month. They will first take on Portugal on Thursday 11 October before clashing with Italy again three days later. Elsewhere, Koen Casteels and Belgium only have one Nations League fixture lined up, but they follow up that encounter against Switzerland (12 October) with a friendly against the Netherlands (16 October). By way of contrast, Yunus Malli begins with a friendly with Turkey against Bosnia and Herzegovina (11 October) before switching to a competitive Nations League clash against Russia (14 October).

Debut in sight for Ntep

Paul-Georges Ntep was not eligible to play for Cameroon during the last international break, but the winger could make his debut for the team in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B qualifying double-header against Malawi (on 12/16 October). Marcel Tisserand and DR Congo are likewise looking to reach the continental showpiece from qualifying Group G and twice go up against Zimbabwe (on 13/16 October), who are level on points at the top of the section. John Anthony Brooks will represent the USA in friendlies against Colombia (12 October) and Peru (17 October).

U21 UEFA EURO qualifying decider

Germany only need two points from their two remaining U21 European Championship qualifying matches against Norway (12 October) and Republic of Ireland (16 October) to seal top spot in their group. VfL defender Felix Uduokhai has been called up by U21 coach Stefan Kuntz to help them do just that. Croatia's Josip Brekalo is likewise on duty with the U21s, who will be hoping for a victory to move level on points with group leaders Greece (12 October) before tackling San Marino three days later. Meanwhile, Gian-Luca Itter and Davide Jerome Itter are with Germany's U20s, who will play against the Netherlands (12 October) and Switzerland (16 October).

Internationals involving Wolfsburg players (all times CEST):

Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland)
Thursday 11 October, 20:45, (H) Portugal (UEFA Nations League)
Sunday 14 October, 20:45, (H) Italy (UEFA Nations League)

John Anthony Brooks (USA)
Friday 12 October, 01:30, (H) Colombia (friendly)
Wednesday 17 October, 01:30, (H) Peru (friendly)

Koen Casteels (Belgium)
Friday 12 October, 20:45, (H) Switzerland (UEFA Nations League)
Tuesday 16 October, 20:45, (H) Netherlands (friendly)

Yunus Malli (Turkey)
Thursday 11 October, 19:30, (H) Bosnia and Herzegovina (friendly)
Sunday 14 October, 18:00, (A) Russia (UEFA Nations League)

Paul-Georges Ntep (Cameroon)
Friday 12 October, 16:30, (H) Malawi (Africa Cup of Nations qualifying)
Tuesday 16 October, 14:30, (A) Malawi (Africa Cup of Nations qualifying)

Marcel Tisserand (DR Congo)
Saturday 13 October, 18:30, (H) Zimbabwe (Africa Cup of Nations qualifying)
Tuesday 16 October, 19:00, (A) Zimbabwe (Africa Cup of Nations qualifying)

Felix Uduokhai (Germany U21)
Friday 12 October, 20:00, (H) Norway (U21 EURO qualifying)
Tuesday 16 October, 18:15, (H) Republic of Ireland (U21 EURO qualifying)

Josip Brekalo (Croatia U21)
Friday 12 October, 18:00, (H) Greece (U21 EURO qualifying)
Monday 15 October, 18:30, (A) San Marino (U21 EURO qualifying)

Gian-Luca Itter, Davide Jerome Itter (Germany U20)
Friday 12 October, 17:30, (H) Netherlands (friendly)
Tuesday 16 October, 16:00, (H) Switzerland (friendly)



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