With only 82 days left to 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, national teams are in preparations for the major sporting tournament in the World wide.
The international break when friends become rivals, and rivals become friends. The Republic Mail takes a good look of five international games not to miss.
Russia v Brazil-Luzhniki Stadium, (17: 45 CAT)
2018 host Russia will battle with five times World Cup champions Brazil, one of the favourite to win the tournament. Brazil will look to continue with their impressive unbeaten run and they have to do it without their marksman Naymar, who is out due to an injury.
Portugal v Egypt- Letzigrund Stadion, (21:30 CAT)
Portugal will welcome the Mohamed Salah’s side the Pharaohs. This tie see of the best two strikes in Europe, Mohamed Salah who tops the ranks of being a leading goal scorer in any top flight league in Europe and on the night he will battle with Cristaino Ronaldo who previously scored four goals in Real Madrid’s 6-3 win against Girona on Sunday.
Germany v Spain- ESPRIT arena, (21:30 CAT)
2010 World Cup winners Spain, takes on 2o14 World Cup winners Germany in what many believes is the battle of the stars or some will say battle of attacking Tiki-taka football. It is a game of worthy best midfielders in the world of football as Toni Kroos might go head to head with veteran Iniesta.
Netherlands v England- Amsterdam Arena, (21:30 CAT)
The Dutch had missed the fight to Russia with on few seconds, meaning they won’t be available after failing to qualify for this year’s tournament but it will be a good preparation for England to measure their improvement and the English team has to do it without Harry Kane.
Argentina v Italy-Etihad Stadium, (20:45 CAT)
The Azzuri’s are not in the World Cup, but with their current new blood in the squad, Italy will be one of the team to be missed in the tournament as they play beautiful football and they take on tournament favourites Argentina, a team that has talented players and a team that will give headache to Coach Sampaoli of which starting eleven he should choose to play.