World Cup qualifiers
- 24 March 2013 11:37
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
After a long weekend’s rest, eleven City players could be back in international action this week as the road to Brazil continues.
Didier Deschamps’ men will be hoping to capitalise after Spain’s setback against Finland on Friday night when they were held to a 1-1 draw by the defensive minded visitors in Gijon.
The result saw the French leap frog La Roja to the table summit and they will be looking to strengthen their position when the Spanish arrive in Paris on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, James Milner will be hoping to make a start for England when they play group leaders Montenegro in Podgorica.
Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott were both involved as The Three Lions breezed past San Marino on Friday night, but manager Roy Hodgson has made it clear he is resting various players for Tuesday's crucial tie.
A win for the men in white would take them to the top of Group H on 14 points, whereas defeat would see Montenegro more than double their lead to five points.
Elsewhere, Scotland may be on high alert as Aleksandar Kolarov and Matija Nastasic’s Serbia set out to make up for Friday’s 3-0 defeat by Croatia.
The result leaves the Serbians sitting fourth in Group A and with the Scots rooted to the foot of the table, this should make for an interesting battle in Belgrade.
There will be no place in the starting line-up for Aleks though as his yellow card against Croatia rules him out of the Scottish showdown.
At the Amsterdam Arena, Costel Pantilimon’s Romania will face the Netherlands who currently dominate group D.
The City keeper will be hoping for a call up after occupying a position on the bench for Friday’s 2-2 draw with Hungary.
Across the globe and Argentina solidified their lead atop the South America qualifying group with 23 points in 10 games after a 3-0 victory over Venezuela on Friday.
Next up for Pablo Zabaleta's side is a trip to Bolivia and the Estadio Hernando Siles where they look set to further tighten their grip on the group.
Finally, on loan defender Ryan McGivern may finally get some international action after Northern Ireland's game against Russia was called off due to a snow blizzard in Belfast.
Their home tie against Israel on Tuesday is expected to go ahead, providing the weather continues to improve, with the Russia game likely to be rearranged for June.