It’s that time again… another international break.
Fans of club teams tend to dread it as they miss out on the buzz of supporting their team on the weekend, while nations such as England are once again struggling to entertain their group of supporters.
But of course, the break is an opportunity for players to wow for their country, and Southampton stars are no exception.
The club have 13 players away on duty over the course of the next week, with a number of those facing important 2018 World Cup qualifiers for their national sides.
Despite a historic 2-1 win against Inter Milan at St. Mary’s Stadium on Thursday, a defeat by the same scoreline to a lowly Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday means they won’t be going into their respective fixtures in the best of spirits.
Here, we identify THREE Saints players to look out for over the international break…
Southampton’s record signing has only recently come into the first-team following a lengthy injury lay-off, and as well as his club side, Boufal faces an important few weeks with his country, too.
Morocco, who are in a 2018 World Cup qualifying group with Ivory Coast, Gabon and Mali, know that only the team that finishes top will definitely go to Russia, and they are currently joint second, two points behind the former.
However, they have the opportunity to leapfrog the Ivory Coast this weekend when they host them in Marrakech, and they will certainly look to Boufal for some inspiration.
The Serbian has been one of the stars of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers so far, playing a part in all eight of his nation’s goals – scoring three and assisting five.
His nation are currently top of their group on goal difference from the Republic of Ireland, but face a tough away match against EURO 2016 semi-finalists Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, when Tadic will look to continue his incredible record against Gareth Bale and Co.
As well as qualifiers, there are also a number of international friendlies taking place over the next week or so, including one at Southampton’s own St Mary’s Stadium.
It features the England U-21s against their Italian counterparts in a warm-up ahead of EURO 2017 next summer, and Redmond – who has impressed following a summer move from Norwich City by scoring three Premier League goals this term – will once again want to make an impression in front of his home supporters on the south coast.