Sunday will be a busy day for several West Ham United players with a full programme of international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers taking place. whufc.com, which will have full coverage of all the action as and when it happens, rounds up the latest news.
One of a 22-man England squad travelling to play a friendly in Trinidad and Tobago, the in-form striker was an unused substitute in last Wednesday's 2-0 win against the United States at Wembley. Ashton has twice been called up by his country before but saw his hopes frustrated by injury on each occasion. His chances have been boosted by the fact Michael Owen is out of the squad with a virus, while Wayne Rooney has been spared the trip to the Caribbean because of his midweek exertions.
Jack Collison and Craig Bellamy
The club-mates will both hope to figure for Wales in their friendly away to Euro 2008 contenders the Netherlands in Rotterdam. Both figured in last Wednesday's 1-0 win in Reykjavik although were not on the pitch at the same time. Collison played the first hour for his first senior appearance while Bellamy entered the fray in the 62nd minute to get back in action for the first time since February. The Netherlands are likely to field a strong lineup including world-class talent like Real Madrid duo Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The only West Ham United player who will feature at the European Championship in Switzerland and Austria is likely to play some part in Sweden's friendly at home against Ukraine. His rib injury suffered at the end of the domestic season kept him out of the 1-0 home win against Slovenia last week but there are positive signs he will be fit to play next time around. As Sweden captain and a veteran of five major final rounds, the No9's experience will be crucial to Sweden's chances when they get their Euro campaign under way against Greece in Salzburg on 10 June.
The right-back is with Ghana preparing for the home match against Libya, which will get the African nation's 2010 World Cup qualifiers under way. The Group 5 opener will be played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi and is a lucky venue as it was used for all home matches in the lead up to the 2006 World Cup when the Black Stars reached the second round. Ghana have three more World Cup qualifiers this summer - away to Lesotho on 8 June, then away and home matches against Gabon on 14 and 22 June. Overall 20 teams will progress to the second group round, with the five group winners from this stage all going to South Africa.
The Australia captain is not with his country for the first of their double-header of World Cup qualifiers against Iraq because of family commitments. The opening game will be in Brisbane before the 'away' game is played in Dubai on 7 June. The Socceroos are top of Group 1 in the first stage of Asia qualifying, with four points from two games to date. Australia also have matches in Qatar on 14 June and at home against China on 22 June to conclude the section but it is not certain if Neill will feature. Should Australia finish in the top two they will enter the fourth and final qualifying stage featuring two groups of five teams with three finals places up for grabs.