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23 May 2014

Latics players gear up for international duty, with friendlies across the globe ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Roger Espinoza, Juan Carlos Garcia and Jean Beausejour all begin their preparations for the FIFA World Cup in the coming days whilst Shaun Maloney and James McClean are also set for international action.

Espinoza and Garcia face their first friendly in the build up to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as Honduras face Turkey at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Thursday 29 May.

Both players will hope to push themselves to the forefront of head coach Luis Fernando Suarez’s mind ahead of their opening fixture with France on Sunday 15 June.

During their preparations for the tournament, Honduras will also face warm up games against Israel on Sunday 1 June in Houston, Texas and against England on Saturday 7 June in Miami.

Jean Beausejour’s Chile host Egypt on Friday 30 May at the Chilean national stadium with the 29-year-old, who celebrates his 30th birthday next week, looking to make the starting XI for Chile’s Group B opener with Australia on Friday 13 June.

Chile will also face a warm up game against Northern Ireland on Wednesday 4 June.

Shaun Maloney could make his first Scotland appearance in nine months as Gordon Strachan’s side take on Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Wednesday 28 May, with James McArthur and Gary Caldwell also called up to the squad.

James McClean is the first Latics player to face international action when the Republic of Ireland host Turkey on Sunday 25 May in Dublin.

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill will run the rule over their squad ahead of the start of their Euro 2016 qualification campaign in September with a series of friendly fixtures in the next fortnight.

On Saturday 31 May, Republic of Ireland will face Italy, followed by one of England’s World Cup opponents Costa Rica on Friday 6 June, before their final game against Portugal on Tuesday 10 June.

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