The international break starts on Monday which means no more Bayern Munich games for a couple days. A couple in this case is defined as 14. We're reinventing the English language here by cementing colloquial anachronisms of the digital age. However, despite all that we get treated to the wondrous and illustrious world of international football wherein 10 Bayern Munich players have been called into their respective national teams.
While the list is going to look very short compared to international callups past remember that Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm, and Franck Ribery are retired while Bastian Schweinsteiger, Holger Badstuber, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, Claudio Pizarro, and Thiago are injured (did I forget anyone?). Now that I've reminded you of those unpleasant facts, you can either continue with the callup list or I can FedEx a box of Kleenex's for you to cry into.
Germany: Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mario Götze
Spain: Juan Bernat
Switzerland: Xherdan Shaqiri
Morocco: Mehdi Benatia
Poland: Robert Lewandowski
Netherlands: Arjen Robben
Denmark: Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg
By far the most pleasant surprise of the international callups is Juan Bernat maintaining his place in Vincente del Bosque's Spain squad. Bernat earned a berth last go around, getting both his first cap and his first international goal for Spain in a 4-0 win over Luxembourg. It's good to see that performance as well as his recent run of impressive club form rewarded. Other than that callup, it's a run of the mill who's who's of Bayern Munich players; nothing surprising - no glaring omissions.