Toni Kroos, James Rodríguez, Marcelo, Casemiro, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Daniel Carvajal, Isco, Alvaro Morata, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Keylor Navas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, have all been called up to represent their senior international teams this week. Marco Asensio is the only player who has been called up to represent his country in a U-21 squad.
On the off-chance that you actually want to watch these matches, here is the Real Madrid-tailored schedule for the international break (times are in CET):
International Break Schedule, March 2017
|Germany 1-0 England||Wednesday, 22nd March, 8:45pm||Kroos|
|Spain Under-21s v Denmark Under-21s||Thursday, 23rd March, 7:30 pm||Asensio|
|Colombia v Bolivia||Thursday, 23rd March, 9:30 pm||James|
|Uruguay v Brazil||Friday, 24th March, 12:00 am||Marcelo, Casemiro|
|Ireland v Wales||Friday, 24th March 8:45 pm||Bale|
|Croatia v Ukraine||Friday, 24th March, 8:45 pm||Modric, Kovacic|
|Spain v Israel||Friday, 24th March, 8:45 pm||Ramos, Carvajal, Nacho, Morata, Isco|
|Mexico v Costa Rica||Saturday, 25th March, 2:50 am||Navas|
|Portugal v Hungary||Saturday, 25th March, 9:45 pm||Ronaldo, Pepe|
|Azerbaijan v Germany||Sunday, 26th March, 6:00 pm||Kroos|
|Italy Under-21s v Spain Under-21s||Monday, 27th March 9:00 pm||Asensio|
|Estonia v Croatia||Tuesday, 28th March, 6:00 pm||Modric, Kovacic|
|France v Spain||Tuesday, 28th March, 9:00 pm||Ramos, Carvajal, Nacho, Morata, Isco|
|Portugal v Sweden||Tuesday, 28th March, 9:45 pm||Ronaldo, Pepe|
|Ecuador v Colombia||Tuesday, 28th March, 11:00 pm||James|
|Honduras v Costa Rica||Tuesday, 28th March, 11:00 pm||Navas|
|Brazil v Paraguay||Wednesday, 29th March, 2:45 am||Marcelo, Casemiro|
The most intriguing viewing will probably be Asensio’s U-21 games, as it will be a chance for talent-spotters to observe Spain’s brightest youth talents all together in a competitive setting. The Madrid starlet hasn’t gotten that many minutes under Zidane and should relish the opportunity to play significant minutes in a set-up that will most likely center around him.
However, the biggest storyline across the next week will probably be the rise of the insidious injury bug, something that has not been kind to Real Madrid in previous editions of the international break. Maybe Managing Madrid’s comments section should invent another superstition to ward of any gruesome knocks or bumps.