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Manchester United Stars off to the International Stage

The Manchester Untied players had a terrible weekend, getting torn up by Arsenal. They went 3-0 down in just 20 minutes, and showed very little signs of recovering the league.

Now they’ll get a break, away from the pressures of the Premier League and on to some trips around Europe, and South America, to compete for their countries.

Louis van Gaal has said that the break has come at a very inopportune time, as now he hasn’t got the time to resurrect them for their upcoming match up, against Everton at Goodison Park.

ManUtd.com have highlighted where each of the Manchester Untied stars, who were called up for international duty, will be playing and when.

THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER
The international action – from a United perspective at least – will begin when Bastian Schweinsteigerand Germany face the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, knowing that a victory would earn them qualification from Group D for next summer’s much-anticipated European Championships in France.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland will progress to their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Spain if they can overcome Greece at Windsor Park. Paddy McNair has been named in Michael O’Neill’s squad and the versatile defender hopes to collect his fourth international cap.

Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin could represent France on Thursday evening when Les Blues host Armenia for a friendly match at Allianz Riviera, a multi-purpose stadium that is mostly used by Ligue 1 side OGC Nice but is also occasionally home to rugby union giants Toulon.

FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER
Argentina host Ecuador in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup qualifying group in South America.Marcos Rojo was initially named in the squad but will not line up against his Reds team-mate Antonio Valencia due to the hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since the win against Southampton. The game will kick off at 01:00 BST.

Wayne RooneyMichael CarrickChris Smalling and Phil Jones have been called up by Roy Hodgson to represent England in the penultimate Group E game against Estonia at Wembley. The Three Lions have already qualified, but hope to maintain a 100 per cent record after winning all of their eight matches so far.

David De Gea and Juan Mata should both be in action when Spain take on Luxembourg at Las Gaunas, a 16,000 capacity stadium that is home to UD Logrones in the Spanish Segunda Division B.

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER
Matteo Darmian
 and Italy travel to Azerbaijan to face Italy at the Baku National Stadium, an impressive 68,700 capacity venue that was opened in March. Antonio Conte’s men are top of Group H with 18 points from eight games and will qualify for France 2016 with a win this weekend.

Daley Blind and Memphis Depay have a huge game on their hands when Netherlands face Kazakhstan in a must-win tie, with the Dutch fourth in Group A. They need third-placed Turkey to lose one of their two remaining matches against Czech Republic and Iceland for a chance to earn a play-off place.

Later on, at 19:45 BST, Marouane Fellaini’s Belgium tackle Andorra as Marc Wilmots’ side continue to pursue high-flying Wales in Group B. Adnan Januzaj, who is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, has not been named in the latest squad.

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER
The second batch of Euro 2016 fixtures begins with McNair and Northern Ireland hosting Finland, hopefully with qualification already in the bag. Schweinsteiger’s Germany are also at home, to Georgia in Munich.

MONDAY 12 OCTOBER
United’s four England internationals – RooneyCarrickSmallingJones – all hope to play in the final group match in Lithuania, while De Gea and Mata complete the long journey to Ukraine with Spain.

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER
The international break finishes with four United-related fixtures on Tuesday, with Belgium (Fellaini) hosting Israel and Holland (Blind, Memphis) tackling Czech Republic. Italy (Darmian) also take on Norway, before Ecuador (Valencia) face Bolivia.

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