Current and Future Aston Villa stars on International Duty
Aston Villa’s first-team squad and coaching staff  lined up for the club’s official 2020/21 squad photo. (Credit avfc.co.uk)

There will be plenty to keep an eye on during the March international break, with current and future Aston Villa stars expected to represent their respective nations.

Before this month, Dean Smith had already confirmed that Marvelous Nakamba would not be involved in the Zimbabwe squad for the duration of the March international break, with Emi Martínez and Douglas Luiz also remaining at Bodymoor Heath after Argentina and Brazil both saw their next two FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures adjourned.

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Here is an up-to-date list with when and where our players will be in action...

  • John McGinn

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John McGinn was a critical part of the Scotland squad that reached UEFA Euro 2020 with a play-off final triumph over Serbia in November.

Before Steve Clarke's side can begin preparations for their first major tournament appearance in 22 years, they have important business to take care of as qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup gets underway. McGinn has been called up for their first three qualifiers.

Scotland will face Austria at Hampden Park on Thursday, March 25 at 7:45 pm, before travelling to Tel Aviv to take on Israel on Sunday, March 28, also at 7:45 pm.

The trio of fixtures finishes back in Glasgow against the Faroe Islands on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:45 pm.

  • Ollie Watkins & Tyrone Mings

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Ollie Watkins has been rewarded for a superb start to his Premier League career with a first call-up to the senior England squad.

Watkins has shone since arriving at Villa Park in the summer, scoring 12 goals in all competitions. He is joined in the squad by teammate Tyrone Mings, who has played a key role in Dean Smith's side, so far achieving one of the best defensive records in the topflight this season.

Gareth Southgate has selected the Villa duo for England's upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Three Lions will begin their campaign at Wembley Stadium against San Marino on Thursday, March 25 at 7:45 pm, before travelling to face Albania on Sunday, March 28 at 5 pm.

England will end the international break by heading back to Wembley on Wednesday, March 31, to take on Poland at 7:45 pm.

  • Bertrand Traoré

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With two qualifying matches still left outstanding, the line-up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is yet to be confirmed until later this month, with Bertrand Traoré's Burkina Faso amongst the nations hoping to ensure their spot at the tournament.

Faso currently sit strong at the top of Group B and are on course to progress with a four-point gap to third place Malawi, with the top two advancing.

Traoré and his teammates will travel to face second-place Uganda at St Mary's Stadium-Kitende on Wednesday, March 24 at 1 pm. Knowing a win would stamp their authority on going through as group winners.

Their qualification campaign will then conclude at home to South Sudan on Monday, March 29 at 5 pm

  • Trézéguet

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 Trézéguet and Egypt will also be hoping to book their place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations during the March international break.

Like Burkina Faso, Egypt is also top their group but holds a five-point advantage over third-placed Kenya.

Kenya are Egypt's first opponents during the break as the away side travel to Nairobi on Thursday, March 25, with kick-off at 7 pm.

The Pharaohs will hope to have qualification already guaranteed by the time they return home to take on Comoros in Cairo on Monday, March 29, at 7 pm.

  • Tyreik Wright

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Tyreik Wright has been selected for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad for the first time. 

The forward - who is spending the second half of the season on loan at Walsall - has already represented his country at the Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 age groups, but this is his first call-up at this level.

Wright could make his debut when Jim Crawford's side travel to Colliers Park to face Wales in a friendly on Friday, March 26 at 1 pm.

  • Kaine Kesler and Jaden Philogene-Bidace

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Two key players of Mark Delaney's squad will join up with England Under-19s for a training camp at St George's Park.

Kaine Kesler made his senior debut against Liverpool in the FA Cup Third Round earlier this year, while he has also captained our Under-23s in recent weeks.

Jaden Philogene-Bidace was rewarded with a new contract earlier this month and made the matchday squad for our goalless draw with Wolves in the Premier League.

  • Filip Marschall, Carney Chukwuemeka, Aaron Ramsey and Louie Barry

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Four of Aston Villa's young prospects have been called up to the England Under-18s squad for their forthcoming friendly against Wales.

17-year-old goalkeeper Filip Marschall could make his international debut, while England regulars Carney Chukwuemeka, Aaron Ramsey and Louie Barry are also included following their notable performances so far this season.

The Young Lions will travel to face Wales at Leckwith Stadium on Monday, March 29.

  • Caolan McBride

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Midfielder Caolan McBride, 17, has been named in the Northern Ireland Under-19s squad for their upcoming training camp in Belfast.

McBride will spend five days with the squad at the camp, which has been arranged following the postponement of the 2021 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and subsequently the qualifying fixtures that were scheduled to take place this month.

  • Ben Chrisene

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Along with the Under-19s, England's Under-17s will also gather for a training camp at St George's Park this month, and Ben Chrisene will be a part of that squad.

Chrisene has enjoyed an encouraging campaign since his summer arrival at Aston Villa, having made his senior debut in the FA Cup Third Round against Liverpool in January.

 

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