The second international break of 2020/21 is upon us already and here we look in detail at which Chelsea players are away with their countries and what games they have to look forward to.
September’s internationals saw the start of the new UEFA Nations League campaign and that continental competition dominates this latest break for our European contingent.
However, after the announcement earlier in the summer that both the October and November international windows would feature three matches for each nation instead of two this season, there is friendly action to compete in first of all this midweek, with Reece James hoping to make his senior England debut when the Three Lions take on Wales at Wembley.
The FA have confirmed that as a precaution to understand if there is any risk to the wider group, the arrival of Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho will be delayed. This is to allow time to gather further information of a social gathering that all three players reportedly attended over the weekend.
Another player who won't be reporting for duty just yet is Timo Werner, with the Germany assistant coach Marcus Sorg reporting on Monday that the striker 'has a slight cold and won't join up with the team today.' He will miss their midweek friendly against Turkey but is expected to reconvene with the squad later in the week.
Further afield, qualification for the 2022 World Cup begins this week in South America, with Thiago Silva aiming to help Brazil make a good start in matches against Bolivia and Peru. Elsewhere, Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech could go head-to-head when Senegal travel to Morocco.
Here is the full list of who is away and what games they have…
UEFA Nations League
Albania: Armando Broja – UEFA Nations League away to Kazakhstan on Sunday and Lithuania next Wednesday.
Belgium: Michy Batshuayi – UEFA Nations League away to England on Sunday and away to Iceland next Wednesday.
Croatia: Mateo Kovacic – UEFA Nations League at home to Sweden on Sunday and France next Wednesday.
Denmark: Andreas Christensen – UEFA Nations League away to Iceland on Sunday and England next Wednesday.
England: Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell – UEFA Nations League at home to Belgium on Sunday and Denmark next Wednesday.
France: N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud – UEFA Nations League at home to Portugal on Sunday and away to Croatia next Wednesday.
Germany: Toni Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner – UEFA Nations League away to Ukraine on Saturday and at home to Switzerland on Tuesday.
Italy: Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri – UEFA Nations League away to Poland on Sunday and at home to Netherlands next Wednesday.
Spain: Kepa Arrizabalaga – UEFA Nations League at home to Switzerland on Saturday and away to Ukraine on Tuesday.
Wales: Ethan Ampadu – UEFA Nations League away to Republic of Ireland on Sunday and Bulgaria next Wednesday.
World Cup qualifiers
Brazil: Thiago Silva – 2022 World Cup qualifiers at home to Bolivia on Saturday and away to Peru on Tuesday.
Belgium: Batshuayi – friendly at home to Ivory Coast on Thursday.
Croatia: Kovacic – friendly away to Switzerland on Wednesday.
Denmark: Christensen – friendly at home to Faroe Islands on Wednesday.
England: Mount, Abraham, Chilwell and James – friendly at home to Wales on Thursday.
France: Giroud and Kante – friendly at home to Ukraine on Wednesday.
Germany: Rudiger, Havertz and Werner – friendly at home to Turkey on Wednesday.
Italy: Jorginho and Emerson – friendly at home to Moldova on Wednesday.
Morocco: Hakim Ziyech – friendlies at home to Senegal on Friday and DR Congo on Tuesday.
Senegal: Edouard Mendy – friendlies away to Morocco on Friday and at home to Mauritania on Tuesday.
Spain: Kepa – friendly away to Portugal on Wednesday.
Wales: Ampadu – friendly away to England on Thursday.
Younger age groups
England U21: Marc Guehi and Callum Hudson-Odoi: Euro 2021 qualifiers away to Andorra on Wednesday and at home to Turkey on Tuesday.
England U20: Henry Lawrence and Tino Livramento – friendly at home to Wales on Tuesday.
England U19: Dynel Simeu, Levi Colwill and Lewis Bate – friendlies at home to Scotland on Thursday and Sunday.
England U17: Jude Soonsup-Bell, Silko Thomas and Charlie Webster – friendly at home to Scotland on Saturday.