Manchester United international round-up and preview

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A round-up of the involvement of Manchester United players in past Friday's internationals and a preview for Tuesday's fixtures.

Fifteen Manchester United players have been called into international duty for this October break and many of them were involved in World Cup qualifiers or friendlies all over the globe on Friday. Here is a round-up of that action and a preview for Tuesday's internationals.

* Wayne Rooney (England): In a fairly easy 5-0 victory over San Marino -- the joint worst national side in the world according to the lastest FIFA rankings -- Rooney captained England and had a brace. He was substituted off in the 73rd minute at Wembley. Next up for the Three Lions is a tricky away fixture to Poland and this perhaps will be their most daunting fixture in qualifying for Brazil 2014. Rooney is expected to start as a striker.

* Danny Welbeck (England): The 21-year-old impressed as he too bagged a brace in his 12th cap for England while playing the full 90 minutes. He now has four goals for his country. He will be in contention, along with Tottenham Hotspur's Jermaine Defoe, to start alongside Rooney versus Poland.

* Tom Cleverley (England): Even though the competition was weak, the midfielder still impressively completed 141/145 passes (97%), had two assists, and created seven chances. He went the full 90 minutes. He will be in contention to start alongside Steven Gerrard in England's midfield versus Poland.

* Michael Carrick (England): The midfield maestro did well to help control the midfield battle as England had 86% of the possession. He went the full 90 minutes. Carrick, too, will be in contention to start alongside Gerrard in Poland.

* Patrice Evra (France): Evra was an unused substitute in a 0-1 friendly defeat by Japan in Paris. He is expected to start in a key World Cup qualifier in Madrid when France take on world and European champions Spain.

* Shinji Kagawa (Japan): In that 1-0 defeat of France, it was the United playmaker that scored the contest's lone goal in the 88th minute. Kagawa went the full 90 minutes. Next up for Japan is another friendly versus Brazil in Poland.

* Darren Fletcher (Scotland): After a lengthy absence due to illness, Fletcher returned to Scotland as their captain once more. The midfielder went the full 90 minutes in a 1-2 away defeat by Wales. Next up for Scotland is a difficult task as they must win in Belgium on Tuesday night if they still hope for a berth to the World Cup finals.

* Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland): Northern Ireland were not in action on Friday but they do travel to Portugal for a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Evans is expected to feature.

* Nani (Portugal): The United winger went the full 90 minutes for Portugal on the right flank in their 0-1 away defeat by Russia. Portugal will host Northern Ireland on Tuesday as Nani could potentially clash with club teammate Evans.

* Robbie Brady (Ireland): Brady came on as a substitute in the 84th minute during Ireland's 1-6 defeat by Germany. The 20-year-old has been confirmed to make his first competitive start when Ireland travel to Faroe Islands for a World Cup qualifier.

* Robin van Persie (Holland): van Persie was rested in Holland's 3-0 defeat of Andorra but he is expected to be recalled for the Tuesday trip away to Romania.

* Joshua King (Norway): King came on as a 70th minute substitute during Norway's 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The 20-year-old will be hopeful to feature once again when Norway travel to Cyprus.

* Antonio Valencia (Ecuador): The winger missed out in Ecuador's 3-1 victory over Chile because of suspension. He is, though, expected to feature in his country's World Cup qualifier versus Venezuela.

* Javier Hernandez (Mexico): Chicharito scored a goal and went the full 90 minutes in Mexico's 5-0 defeat of Guyana. The striker did miss a penalty though. Next up for Mexico is a home qualifier versus El Savador and the United striker is likely to feature again.

* Angelo Henriquez (Chile): The 18-year-old was uninvolved in his country's defeat by Ecuador and he's not expected to feature in their upcoming tie with Argentina.

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