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Seven non-German Bayern Munich players have been called up for international duty

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That’s a total of 13 Bayern players on international duty! Please...nobody get injured!

Bayern Muenchen Training And Press Conference Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

In addition to the six players in the Bayern Munich squad that have been called up for international duty with Die Mannschaft, Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Corentin Tolisso (France), Kingsley Coman (France), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Arturo Vidal (Chile), Thiago Alcantara (Spain), and Arjen Robben (Netherlands) have also been called by their respective nations for World Cup qualifiers.

Having just returned from an ankle injury suffered during the last international break in September, David Alaba will not be joining up with the Austrian national team for their qualifiers against Serbia and then Moldova. The defender will instead be using the break to follow an individualized rehabilitation training regiment to try and completely heal his ankle.

What to watch for (while hoping no one gets injured)

  • Robert Lewandowski’s Poland side could clinch qualification to next summer’s finals with a total of four points from their two qualifiers, as long as they don’t lose to Montenegro on October 8th in Warsaw.
  • Robben and the Dutch face two must wins against the likes of Belarus and then Sweden. Anything less than two wins could leave the Dutch in serious danger of missing out on their second consecutive major tournament having failed to qualify for Euro 2016.
  • Two wins for Tolisso, Coman, and the French national team against Bulgaria and Belarus would guarantee direct qualification to the World Cup, but France struggled against Belarus earlier in the campaign, drawing 0-0 in Borisov.
  • For Arturo Vidal and Chile, it’s pretty much do or die against the likes of Ecuador and then Brazil. Winning neither would see that the Copa America champions and Confederations Cup runners-up would miss out on the World Cup.