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Profis 14.11.2023 - 10:00 Uhr

Five 05ers on international duty

Crucial international fixtures to be played

Leandro Barreiro, Edimilson Fernandes, Brajan Gruda, Jae-sung Lee and Phillipp Mwene have all departed Bruchweg after the draw in Darmstadt and will play some crucial matches with their respective national teams in the upcoming week as they look to qualify for the forthcoming major international tournaments.

For Leandro Barreiro and the Luxembourg national team (for which U23 player Timothé Rupil has also been nominated), the aim is to defend third place in Group J of EURO qualification. In the games against Bosnia-Herzegovina (Thursday) and in Liechtenstein (Sunday), the Luxembourg team still has at least a theoretical chance of reaching the EUROs in Germany next summer if they win both matches. 

Edimilson Fernandes is in a much better position with the Switzerland team that could seal qualification with a win against Israel on Wednesday evening. The Swiss will face Kosovo in their final group game on Saturday. Mainz captain Silvan Widmer is not travelling with the team as he has only recently recovered from an adductor injury and is training at Bruchweg.

Brajan Gruda is also involved in two EURO qualifiers with the DFB U21s, who will be looking to preserve their 100 percent win record in the qualifying stage in their clashes with Estonia (Friday) and Poland (Tuesday). The Germany U21 side have picked up six points from their two games in Group D so far.

Jae-sung Lee and the South Korea team will also be fighting for important points in the World Cup qualifiers. Jürgen Klinsmann's team will host Singapore on Thursday, before travelling to China on Tuesday. 

Phillipp Mwene and his Austrian compatriots, who have already qualified for the EUROs (Karim Onisiwo recently announced his retirement from the national team), will face Estonia in their last group match on Thursday, before playing Germany in a friendly next Tuesday.