International round-up

A host of Hammers have been called-up for duty during the international break

While West Ham United may not have another first-team fixture until we travel to Leicester City on Saturday 4 April, a number of Hammers players will fill their international break.

James Collins is in the Wales squad for their vital Euro 2016 qualifier with Israel in Haifa on Saturday 28 March. For more on this game, turn to page 22 for an in-depth interview with Collins.

Cheikhou Kouyate is in the Senegal squad for their friendly with Avram Grant’s Ghana in the French city of Le Havre on the same evening.

Fitness allowing, Winston Reid will travel to Seoul to represent New Zealand against South Korea on Tuesday 31 March.

At age-group level, Diego Poyet could make his Uruguay U20 debut against France in Clairefontaine on Thursday 26 March, followed by friendly matches against Uzbekistan and Portugal in Coimbra, Portugal on Sunday 29 March and Tuesday 31 March respectively.

Carl Jenkinson has been named in Gareth Southgate's England U21 squad for their friendlies against the Czech Republic and Germany. The Young Lions are preparing for this summer's UEFA European U21 Championship in the Czech Republic so meetings with two of their fellow finalists is sure to prove a useful exercise.

England U21 are first in action on Friday 27 March when they travel to the Czech Republic, then welcome Germany to Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium the following Monday for a 7.45pm kick-off.

Reece Oxford captained England U17s to a 3-1 win in their opening European Championship Elite Round qualifier with Norway at Burton on Saturday. The Young Lions will hope to complete the job of qualifying for the finals in Bulgaria in May when they host Slovenia (Chesterfield, Tuesday 24 March) and Romania (Burton, Thursday 26 March).

Sam Howes is in the England U18 squad for two friendly matches with Switzerland in Telford and Walsall. The first fixture will be played behind closed doors, but the second will be played at the Banks’s Stadium at 5.30pm on Saturday 28 March, with tickets available by calling 01922 651414.

Josh Cullen has joined up with the Republic of Ireland U19 squad for their European Championship Elite Round qualifiers with Czech Republic (Mannheim, Thursday 26 March), mini-group hosts Germany (Sandhausen, Saturday 28 March) and Slovakia (Mannheim, Tuesday 31 March)

Elsewhere, Kevin Nolan is playing in an All-Star Charity Match at Anfield on 29 March after being picked by fellow Liverpudlian Steven Gerrard.

Guy Demel will play in a Testimonial match for former Hamburger SV teammate David Jarolim in Germany on 28 March.