International focus next week

West Ham United are waiting to see how the club will be represented in next week's international friendlies taking place across Europe.

The matches on Wednesday 20 August will be the last chance for coaches to assess their players on national-team duty before the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers get under way in earnest in September. Naturally, it is Saturday's England squad announcement that will hold most interest with the likes of Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Dean Ashton among those who could be called by Fabio Capello.

The Italian manager has been keeping a close eye on the summer football and said: "It's very important for me that the players that I decide to put in the squad are playing [for their clubs] and are getting games. It's impossible to be fit if you don't play in pre-season games. This is a game that is good for me and us because I can see exactly the general condition of the players."

New recruit Valon Behrami will head back to Geneva to help Switzerland in their friendly match against Cyprus while it remains to be seen whether George McCartney, who has been suffering with a virus for the past couple of weeks, is able to join up with Northern Ireland when they go to Scotland. None of the four Wales players in Alan Curbishley's squad were called for the visit of Georgia.

Outside of the European nations, captain Lucas Neill was selected by Australia for their friendly against South Africa. The Socceroos are already into the second stage of their qualifying campaign and will take on the 2010 hosts in a friendly at the Loftus Road home of Queen's Park Rangers on Tuesday 19 August.

At Under-21 level, Jack Collison will miss out on Wales' vital qualifier against Romania on Wednesday with a medial knee ligament injury picked up in training. The U21s will play the Romanians again on 9 September and a win in either game should be enough to take them to the October play-offs for the 2009 finals. Mark Noble has been called up by England to face Slovenia in a Tuesday friendly in Hull.