The international break is here which means Barcelona players are off around the globe to represent their national teams. There’s quite a few players left at home this time, but if you want to catch up with those who will be playing then read on.
Jasper Cillessen, Netherlands
Barcelona’s back-up goalkeeper is part of the Netherlands squad who face Germany in Amsterdam in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday. They then take on Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday. Ronald Koeman’s side lost their opening Nations League match 2-1 to France and could do with a result against the former world champions.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Germany
While Cillessen is likely to start for Netherlands, Ter Stegen may have to watch the match from the bench, as Manuel Neuer remains the team’s No. 1. After facing the Netherlands, Germany then head to France on Tuesday for their second Nations League match of the international break.
Thomas Vermaelen, Belgium
Thomas Vermaelen was handed a rare start against Valencia and should see some playing time for Belgium. Roberto Martinez’s side take on Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday and then play Netherlands in a friendly.
Sergio Busquets, Spain
Barcelona’s only representative in the Spain squad is Sergio Busquets, as Luis Enrique’s team face Wales in a friendly on Thursday and then host England in the Nations League on Monday. Paco Alcacer is also in the squad after a bright start to life at Dortmund and will be hoping for a chance to impress.
Ivan Rakitic, Croatia
Ivan Rakitic is with the Croatia team for a Nations League clash at home to England, before a friendly with Jordan. The World Cup finalists were thrashed 6-0 by Spain last time out and will be seeking a response against Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.
Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Malcom, Brazil
Brazil are in the Middle East for friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina. This is the first time Malcom has been called up to the senior side, and he’ll be hoping for some minutes after a tough start to his Barca career. Arthur made his Brazil debut in September against the United States and may win another cap, while Coutinho scored on his last outing for the Selecao.
Ousmane Dembele, France
Ousmane Dembele has been forced onto the bench for Barcelona’s last two games and may face a fight to get into the French team. Manager Didier Deschamps spoke about how he needs to improve after including him in his latest squad. France take on Iceland on Thursday night in a friendly and then face Germany on Tuesday.
Arturo Vidal, Chile
Arturo Vidal is in the United States with Chile at the moment and may relish the change of scene after admitting he’s not happy on the bench at Barcelona. The midfielder will hope to play in both friendlies as Chile face Peru in Miami and then head to Queretaro City to face Mexico.