For many Wanderers, this weekend's international break will be just that: a break. While Bolton never boasted many international stars, the number has fallen even more with Bolton's fall in form. Overall, this is probably a good thing for the club. The players surely could use a break at this point from a season that has already been very trying, and the fewer injury worries the better. However, some Trotters are still off to ply their trade on the world stage, as countries compete to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Sam Ricketts, our resident Welsh heartthrob, will probably be playing for Wales in their qualifier against Belgium tonight at Cardiff City Stadium. The injury-struck Dragons will be hard put to beat a strong Belgium, as they have yet to get a goal let alone a win under new manager Chris Coleman. You can see the full Welsh squad at this poorly formatted and bizarrely themed FAW page.
Adam Bogdan is a sure fire start for Hungary as they travel to Andorra tonight in Group D. This should be a fairly even match, with both teams in good form of late. Bogdan himself has lost some of the magic of last season, but an international win would help him pick it up. Here is the full Hungarian squad, in Hungarian.
Chung-Yong Lee has been recalled for South Korea after his season long absence due to injury. The team is set to face Uzbekistan at home on September 11th. Coming back has certainly not been overly easy for Chungy, there are moments of his old brilliance but he is rusty. You can view the full Korean side here.
Youngster Gregg Wylde has been included in the Scotland U21 side, in their attempt to qualify for the U21 European Championship. Yesterday Scotland beat Luxembourg 3-0, Wylde remained an unused sub. On Monday they travel to Austria hoping to continue winning ways. Despite the large amount of hassle the club took in securing him, Wylde has yet to make an appearance for Bolton.
Finally, Marvin Sordell has featured for the England U21s, starting in their 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan yesterday. If the Young Lions can get at least a point against Norway on Monday, they will have qualified for the play offs. Sordell put in some impressive performances for Great Britain at the Olympics this summer, and has already scored a precious goal for Bolton.
Good luck to all of our international Wanderers!