While most of the first team are working hard at Chadwell Heath this week, those selected for to represent their national sides are focusing on the this weekend's World Cup qualifiers.
Matthew Upson and Robert Green are both with the England squad as they prepare for their game against Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday. John Terry has been troubled by a back complaint, meaning Upson - who came on for the England skipper late on in the 4-1 win against Croatia last month - could be in with a chance of stepping in again should the problem persist. Upson has eight caps and has been a regular in Fabio Capello's squads.
Green may well be the direct understudy to David James ahead of Scott Carson, with Paul Robinson missing out on the squad through injury. He has received words of encouragement this week from goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence after the disappointment of the weekend defeat by Bolton Wanderers. LIke Upson, he also travelled with the team for the September successes in Andorra and Croatia but did not make the bench.
Wales play host to Liechtenstein at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday and Craig Bellamy and James Collins will be raring to go after missing the first two qualifiers. Bellamy will be hoping to make his first start for his country for nearly a year. "We'll wait and see about Saturday," he said. "We don't know what the team's going to be, but I'm ready to start if I get the chance. I'm a lot fitter than I was a few weeks ago. I could have been ready against Bolton but basically I couldn't get in the team. I've had to bide my time and I'll wait for my opportunity."
The Welsh are third in their group and Bellamy is certain that, along with team-mate Collins' help, his side can get a result on Saturday and follow it up with a good performance in Germany on Wednesday. "He [Collins] has had a tough couple of months. He is a great lad and I know what he has gone through," he said. "It's essential we win. This time last year the boys went over to Germany and got a good result so I'm sure we can cause them problems."
The West Ham United No10 also spoke of his desire to repay the support he has received from his club over the coming season. "I've just signed a new deal at West Ham last year and I want to give as much as I can. I missed virtually the whole of my first year at the club which was really disappointing, but I'm sure this year I can make up for lost time."
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