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9 October 2012

Latics player set to represent in World Cup, African Nations and Under 21 European Championship qualifiers

There are 16 senior international and four Under 21 international caps up for grabs this weekend and early next week as 12 of the Wigan Athletic squad have been called up to their national sides.

It all kicks off on Thursday night with FILIP ORSULA in the Slovakia Under 21s squad to face Netherlands in the Under 21 European Championship play-off final for the 2013 tournament, with the return leg being played next Monday.

Before the senior international games FRASER FYVIE will also be involved in Under 21 action with the chance to make his debut as Scotland take on the United States in the Marbella Cup in Spain.

Friday night kicks off the World Cup qualifying games and there will be six players in action.

MAYNOR FIGUEROA will travel with Honduras to Panama in hope of avenging their 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture; the Honduran squad will then host Canada next Tuesday as they look to continue to build on their second place standing in Group C of the North American qualifying zone.

JAMES MCCARTHY could be given the chance to continue his fledging international career as the Republic of Ireland take on Germany in Dublin before taking the trip to the Faroe Islands next week.

Our other European qualifying zone representatives will all be in action in the same team as JAMES MCARTHUR returns to the Scotland squad to join GARY CALDWELL and SHAUN MALONEY.

Scotland will take on Group A rivals Wales in Cardiff on Friday before travelling to Belgium next Tuesday as they look to build on an unbeaten start after two draws last time out.

JEAN BEAUSEJOUR has finally earned his first call-up for Chile since joining Latics in January and his side have the chance to go top of the South American qualifying group if they can defeat Ecuador away and Argentina at home; ANTOLIN ALCARAZ will not be involved in South American action however, as he continues to battle back from injury and is unavailable to play for Paraguay.

There’s another important game for Latics’ powerhouse AROUNA KONE as he joins up with the Ivory Coast squad in search of another success as they face Senegal in the return leg of their African Cup of Nations second round qualifier; they currently lead 4-2 from the first leg.

ALI AL HABSI’S Oman will be looking for their first victory in Group B of the Asian zone of World Cup qualifiers when they host Jordan next week after his side fell to defeat last time out against Japan.

Japan will not be in qualifying action this month but, RYO MIYAICHI has been called up to the national squad as they face France and Brazil in their international friendly tour of Europe, with the Brazil fixture being played in Wroclaw, Poland.

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