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Fifteen Manchester United players have been called upon by their countries for the upcoming global whirlwind of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies.
The second international break of the season is already here and Manchester United players will be spread across the globe on four different continents while playing in World Cup qualifiers and friendlies for their respective national teams. Here is a player-by-playing listing of which players are expected to be involved:
* Wayne Rooney (England): Wazza missed England's most recent qualifiers in September due to the gash that he suffered on his thigh versus Fulham. His form has been erratic for the national side in recent years but he's likely to be heavily involved in the upcoming qualifiers versus San Marino and Poland due to the simple fact that he's the side's best player. Since the versatile attacker's return from injury, he's been in fine form for United in a playermaker's role at the tip of a midfiield diamond.
* Tom Cleverley (England): The 23-year-old was a key player for England in their recent qualifiers as he was tasked with being the most advanced player in a midfield trio with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. The midfielder excelled in a No.10 role during a 5-0 away defeat of Moldova but his finishing was shocking in a draw versus Ukraine at Wembley. Expect Cleverley to be a key player again for manager Roy Hodgson versus San Marino and Poland.
* Michael Carrick (England): Carrick recently returned to the fold for England after not being involved for this past summer's European Championship. With Steven Gerrard about to serve a suspension versus San Marino after being sent off versus Ukraine, it's very possible that the United midfield stalwart joins Cleverley and Lampard in a midfield trio.
* Danny Welbeck (England): Jermaine Defoe was recently preferred to Welbeck by Hodgson for the September qualifiers and with the Spurs' striker remaining in good form, this pecking order is likely to remain the same. In addition, Rooney's return likely makes Welbeck third-choice at striker. San Marino is rated as the world national side in Europe -- and joint worst in the world -- so it's certainly possible that the 21-year-old gets a game versus them while Defoe and Rooney are probably in contention for the Poland tie.
* Darren Fletcher (Scotland): Prior to Fletcher's recent struggles with his chronic bowel condition, he had the privilege of being Scotland's skipper. The 28-year-old recently returned to United after a ten-month absence and he's also been recalled back into the Scotland team. He will look to add to his 58 caps when Scotland travel to Wales and Belgium for World Cup qualifiers.
* Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland): The United defender has been battling a 'dead-leg' in recent weeks but he's fought through it due to injury ravaging Sir Alex Ferguson's choices in central-defense. Evans is a key player for his country so he'll likely be involved in their World Cup qualifier away to Portugal.
* Nani (Portugal): There's a good chance that Evans will be looking to clash with Nani every time the United winger surges up the right flank for Portugal. Russia also awaits Portugal on Friday in another qualifier.
* Robbie Brady (Ireland): The 20-year-old has yet to make his first-team debut for United but he did recently score for Ireland in his international debut versus Oman. Ireland face World Cup qualifiers versus Germany and the Faroe Islands.
* Robin van Persie (Holland): The world-class striker has 70 caps for Holland and he'll be looking to add to that in upcoming World Cup qualifiers versus Andorra and Romania. There were rumblings that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be the preferred striker for new manager Louis van Gaal but during the most recent internationals, it was RvP that was first-choice.
* Patrice Evra (France): Evra could potentially come up against Shinji Kagawa on Friday in a friendly versus France. The United left-back was first-choice back in September for France and he'll certainly be in contention for selection in a key World Cup qualifier away to Spain next week.
* Joshua King (Norway): The 20-year-old striker has yet to feature for United's first-team but he has been capped twice by Norway already. King may get a chance to further feature for his country in upcoming World Cup qualifiers away to Switzerland and Cyprus.
* Shinji Kagawa (Japan): Japan does not have any World Cup qualifiers coming up but they do have the previously mentioned friendly with France and another one with Brazil. Although the playmaker prefers to play through the middle in a No.10 role, he typically features out wide to the left in Japan's 4-2-3-1 system.
* Antonio Valencia (Ecuador): Valencia was sent off in Ecuador's most recent World Cup qualifier and as a result, he will sit out the next qualifier versus Chile. The winger will certainly feature though versus Venezuela in another World Cup qualifier next week on October 16.
* Javier Hernandez (Mexico): Another long trip to North America awaits Chicharito as Mexico looks to take on Guyana and El Salvador in World Cup qualifiers. The striker has an impressive strike rate of 26 goals in 41 appearances for his national team.
* Angelo Henriquez (Chile): A surprise call-up for the recently signed 18-year-old. The striker has yet to be capped by Chile's senior side nor has he appeared yet for United's first-team. Henriquez will perhaps get the chance to participate in Chile's upcoming World Cup qualifiers versus Ecuador and Argentina.