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Sixteen Madridistas Called Up For International Duty

The international break is here.

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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

Teams Date Players Involved
Teams Date Players Involved
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.

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