Thursday, 24 March 2016

Reds in International Friendlies


Manchester United team-mates will go head to
head live on MUTV when Netherlands face France
on Friday, one of numerous fixtures in this current
international break to feature Reds stars.
Daley Blind and Memphis Depay are in the Dutch
squad for the friendly encounter in Amsterdam as
they build for the next World Cup qualifying
campaign after missing out on the 2016 European
Championships. Meanwhile Les Bleus, hosts of this
summer's major tournament, can count upon
Anthony Martial to provide plenty of excitement in
attack. The game will be shown exclusively live in
the UK on United's official television channel .

Netherlands' subsequent match will be against
England at Wembley on Tuesday 29 March. Injuries
to club colleagues including captain Wayne Rooney
have left Chris Smalling as the only United player
in Roy Hodgson's party for that game plus the
preceding one on Saturday, with Bastian
Schweinsteiger ruled out for Germany in Berlin with
a knee problem.

Schweinsteiger was also due to face a team-mate
on Tuesday 29 March, when the Germans meet
Italy, as Matteo Darmian is in the Azzurri's squad
for their schedule, which also includes a clash in
Spain this Thursday. David De Gea and Juan Mata
are both in the European champions' ranks with a
friendly against Romania also on the horizon.

Paddy McNair is set to represent Northern Ireland
against Wales on Thursday and Slovenia next
Monday, but Marouane Fellaini will no longer be in
action due to Belgium's friendly against Portugal
being cancelled in light of the tragic events that
occurred in Brussels on Monday (21 March).

Guillermo Varela has been handed his first call-up
to Uruguay's senior squad for their World Cup
qualifiers against Brazil and Peru. Sergio Romero
and Marcos Rojo are in Argentina's plans for the
games with Chile and Bolivia. A fourth Red in South
American action is Antonio Valencia with the fit-
again Ecuadorian returning to his country's squad
for the fixtures versus Paraguay and Colombia.

Thursday 24 March
Italy v Spain (Darmian; De Gea, Mata)
Wales v Northern Ireland (McNair)
Chile v Argentina (Romero, Rojo)
Ecuador v Paraguay (Valencia)

Friday 25 March
Netherlands v France (Blind, Memphis, Martial) –

Live on MUTV
Brazil v Uruguay (Varela)
Saturday 26 March
Germany v England (Smalling)
Sunday 27 March
Romania v Spain (De Gea, Mata)
Monday 28 March
Northern Ireland v Slovenia (McNair)

Tuesday 29 March
Germany v Italy (Darmian)
England v Netherlands (Smalling; Blind, Memphis)
France v Russia (Martial)
Argentina v Bolivia (Rojo, Romero)
Colombia v Ecuador (Valencia)
Uruguay v Peru (Varela)


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