The ex and still United.
The ex and still United.
With all due respect to Pog, my prediction: Belgium will win the match.
Each team that qualified for this year’s world cup had to submit a list of 35 players to FIFA by 14 May 2018. In the following weeks, the teams had to narrow the list down to 23 players to be submitted by 4 June 2018.
Manchester United have 11 players going to the World Cup and they are as follows:
Argentina: Sergio Romero has joined up with La Albiceleste for their friendlies against Brazil on 9 June and against Singapore on 13 June. Marcos Rojo is still recovering from his knee injury and did not join the team.
Armenia: Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice for his native country in a 5-0 win against Saint Kitts and Nevis. Armania has a World Cup qualifier against Montenegro on 10 June
Belgium: Marouane Fellaini scored the winner for his home country when he came on as a second half substitute in their match against the Czech Republic. Belgium is currently the group H leaders in World Cup qualifiers and they will hope to continue their luck when they play against Estonia on 11 June.
England: Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford were all named to Gareth Southgate’s squad and went through a military training course with the Royal Marines. The Three Lions are currently the leaders in Group F and have a match against Scotland on 10 June before facing off against France in a friendly on 13 June.
France: Paul Pogba started in France’s 5-0 win against Paraguay. Pogba will return to Sweden for France’s World Cup Qualifier and then face off against some of his United teammates in the Stade de France.
Italy: Matteo Darmian has joined the Azzurri for the 8 June friendly against Uruguay. The Italians have a crucial Group G World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on 11 June.
Ivory Coast: Eric Bailly and the rest of his teammates will have the death of their international teammate Cheick Tiote on their minds when they play against Guinea in a friendly on 10 June. Tiote collapsed during a training session with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. He is most often remembered for his wonderful volley against Arsenal to help Newcastle United tie 4-4 after being down 4-0 at HT.
Netherlands: Daley Blind has featured for both of the Netherland’s friendlies against Morocco and Ivory Coast. Next up for the Dutch and Blind is a world cup qualifier against Luxembourg when former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat will take charge for the first time.
Spain: David De Gea is part of Julen Lopetegui’s that will play against Colombia in a friendly on 8 June before their World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on 11 June.
The complete schedule for the remaining international fixtures looks like this:
Wednesday 7 June
Italy v Uruguay (Darmian)
Spain v Colombia (De Gea)
Friday 9 June
Argentina v Brazil (Romero)
Sweden v France (Pogba)
Netherlands v Luxembourg (Blind)
Saturday 10 June
Montenegro v Armenia (Mkhitaryan)
Scotland v England (Jones, Smalling, Lingard, Rashford)
Ivory Coast v Guinea (Bailly)
Sunday 11 June
Estonia v Belgium (Fellaini)
Italy v Liechtenstein (Darmian)
Macedonia v Spain (De Gea)
Tuesday 13 June
Singapore v Argentina (Romero)
France v England (Pogba; Jones, Smalling, Lingard, Rashford)