With the invention of the Uefa Nations League it seemed like pointless international football had been banished from our screens forever.
The international break, formerly a respite from the giddy maelstrom of the Premier League featuring a friendly with Sweden or a European qualifying fixture against Estonia, is now vaguely competitive again. The meaningful football never stops, rendering all competition meaningless.
Never fear, though. The FA, anticipating this in their infinite wisdom, have organised a match against the United States to send off Wayne Rooney and give him a 120th England cap in exchange for his years of, well, caps.
Here’s our round up of the best international matches coming up which mean absolutely nothing in terms of points or prizes.
England vs USA
Kick-off time: 8pm, Thursday 15 November at Wembley Stadium
The match against the United States will be something of a side-show to England’s final Uefa Nations League group stage match against Croatia, which takes place three games later.
Although Southgate may not field his strongest side ahead of the Croatia match, it’s certainly a chance to see some younger and more peripheral talents with Jadon Sancho, Callum Wilson, and Lewis Dunk on the cards to feature.
Germany vs Russia
Kick-off time: 7.45pm, Thursday 15 November at Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
How to watch: Not available on television. Broadcast internationally online.
Germany will play their final Nations League match against the Netherlands on the following Monday, whereas Russia will face Sweden on the Tuesday. After Germany lost to France last month, both fixtures may be inconsequential to Die Mannschaft as they may already be relegated from Group 1.
Some younger players such as Nico Schulz, Thilo Kehrer, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry could get a role in the game, against a Russia side looking to expand on their World Cup and build form in the hopes of promotion to League A.
Brazil vs Uruguay
Kick-off time: 8pm, Friday 16 November at the Emirates, London
Two South American top teams going head to head in London on a Friday night? Excellent stuff. If you can still get into the city for an 8pm kickoff, it’s worth looking at tickets.
If not you can watch the likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and home favourite Lucas Torreira via the wonders of ITV4 and the ITV Hub.
Even with some squad rotation, they are two top countries who will look to play attacking football to triumph in their South American derby.
France vs Uruguay
Kick-off time: 8pm, Tuesday 20 November at the Stade de France, Paris
How to watch: Available on the Sky Sports Red Button from 7.45pm. Alternatively, tickets are still available online.
The World Cup winners will cap their likely victory in the Uefa Nations League Group 1 with a replay of their quarter final at Russia 2018. They won that match in Nizhny Novgorod 2-0, and Uruguay will likely field a strong side in pursuit of revenge.
Ferland Mendy and Alassane Pléa have been called up to the France squad following injuries and their international mettle will be tested against a strong Uruguay side.
Tunisia vs Morocco
Kick-off time: 5pm, Tuesday 20 November at Stade Olympique de Radès
How to watch: Coverage will be available on Sky Sports on the red button.
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A North African derby of sorts. Both among the stronger footballing nations on the continent, the match will serve as a great opportunity to do some ‘hipster football knowledge’ scouting.
You may pick up the next Wabhi Khazri, Achraf Hakimi or Younes Belhanda from a decent wellspring of young talent, before the Premier League does. It’s sure to be an exciting match, and you can say you’ve done your research on Wolves’ Romain Saiss.
Source : https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/international-friendlies-watch-tv-channels-england-usa-france-uruguay-brazil/