Friendlies take the focus

Several other West Ham United players are facing friendly fixtures on Wednesday night including Scott Parker, who has earned a deserved England recall.

Gianfranco Zola is delighted to see his players recognised by their countries and expects them all to be better for the experience. "It is good for them to be selected and I hope they can get a lot of confidence from this," he said. "I have said it before that I know how important it is for players to represent their country.

"It would be good to have them with us in training but that is not the case and I wish them well. I hope they all have good experiences and come back to us fit and with high confidence. We have to understand that it is important for players to play for their country and I hope it is a positive experience for them."

Matthew Upson and Scott Parker will have high hopes of their 12th and fourth caps respectively with game against Germany in Berlin. Upson played the full 90 minutes in last month's wins against Kazakhstan and Belarus that took the nation clear at the Group 12 summit and is the main challenger to John Terry and the absent Rio Ferdinand. Parker is in line for his first appearance under Fabio Capello.

Valon Behrami, a key man for coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, is with his country for the visit of Finland to St Gallen. The Swiss have got their campaign back on track with Group 2 victories last month against Latvia and away to leaders Greece. The latter nation are just two points better off than the Swiss and still have to make the return trip. Their next competitive fixture will be the trip to Moldova on 28 March.

James Collins, Jack Collison and captain Craig Bellamy are all in contention to start for John Toshack's youthful team with the trip to Denmark. The trio of club-mates are all in good form and full of confidence. Wales have made a decent start in Group 4 with six points from four games that have included narrow defeats in Russia and Germany, the two teams above them in the section.