After Sunday's Derby, a number of the well rested Rossoneri contingent will be involved in the November international break in the coming days: 14 AC Milan players have been called up to their respective nations, and 12 of them will take part in two decisive matches in the race for qualification for Qatar 2022. In Europe, the last places for automatic qualification to the World Cup are up for grabs with Germany and Denmark (captained by our very own Kjær) having already secured their places in October.
Rossoneri players will feature in four European teams whose World Cup hopes remain in their hands: Mancini's Italy, with Calabria and the return of Tonali to the senior national team after a year; Saelemaekers, Belgium; Hernández, France (in a group in which Krunić’s Bosnia are looking for a playoff spot) and Leão, Portugal.
Eyes will also be fixed on Group B, with Sweden and Spain’s battle for pole position including Díaz and Ibrahimović, who could come head-to-head in Seville on Sunday 14 November. It will also be an important week in Africa: Bennacer's Algeria and Ballo-Touré's Senegal have already secured their spot in Qatar, whilst everything is on the line for Kessie's Ivory Coast when they play Cameroon.
Davide Calabria and Sandro Tonali: Italy
Alexis Saelemaekers: Belgium
Rade Krunić: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Simon Kjær: Denmark
Theo Hernández: France
Rafael Leão: Portugal
Brahim Díaz: Spain
Zlatan Ibrahimović: Sweden
Ismaël Bennacer: Algeria
Franck Kessie: Ivory Coast
Fodé Ballo-Touré: Senegal
Pierre Kalulu: France U21
Pietro Pellegri: Italy U21
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