West Ham United players have travelled far and wide to represent their respective international sides this week.
Mohamed Diame, Guy Demel and Winston Reid are action for their senior national teams, while Blair Turgott and Dan Potts turned out for England's Under-19 side on Tuesday evening.
Reid (pictured) travelled the furthest distance, making an 11,500-mile round-trip to Shanghai, where his New Zealand side drew 1-1 with the People's Republic of China in a friendly. Chris Wood's 43rd-minute header cancelled out Zhao Peng's 30th-minute opener at the Hongkou Stadium on Tuesday.
Diame will also be boarding a long-haul flight as his Senegal side travel to Niger for a friendly in the capital city Niamey. Senegal did not qualify for the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa so are likely to use the game to start their planning for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The 25-year-old midfielder has become an important member of his national team in recent years, captaining the Lions of Teranga at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where they reached the quarter-finals.
Demel will have a much shorter trip to contend with as Ivory Coast, who have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, travel to Austria for a friendly international in Linz on Wednesday and will use the fixture as a warm-up for the tournament, which kicks-off on 19 January. The right-back is one of five English-based players in the Elephants squad along with Manchester City trio Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak and Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone.
Potts and Turgott played the full 90 minutes as Noel Blake's England Under-19s overcame Finland 1-0 at AFC Telford's New Buck's Head stadium on Tuesday evening. The Finns provided a stern test for the hosts, who secured victory through a last-gasp penalty from Everton midfielder John Lundstram. Turgott had earlier gone close to opening the scoring with an acrobatic scissor kick.
England used the game as preparation for their forthcoming 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship Elite Round qualifiers, which will take place next year.
Turgott has been capped more than 25 times at age-group level by England and starred for his country at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals and FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals in 2011. Potts, in contrast, was making his Under-19 debut, having made his England bow for the Under-18s in a friendly victory over Poland in March this year.