The international break isn’t always as entertaining as FIFA and UEFA would like you to think it is, but there are plenty of players ready to wow if you take the time look.
Let’s be honest, World Cup qualifiers are often extremely boring affairs owing to managers wanting to keep it tight and players being overly cautious due to unfamiliarity.
However, there are a few gems in the next two rounds of games that will certainly get Premier League scouts interested if they decide to go and watch.
GiveMeFootball decided to go through the fixtures and pick out the players that look set to shine as they strive to take a step closer to World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Remember we want you to join in the debate, so get stuck into the comments section below and let us know which players you think we should be watching on over the next few days.
Here they are:
Jackson Martinez, Colombia
The Porto striker has been making waves in European football since his move from Jaguares to Portugal, though he isn’t exactly an unknown but the games against Bolivia and Venezuela should be a good showcase of his skills.
Radamel Falcao is the star name in the Colombia team but has been misfiring of late and has struggled to find the net as regularly over the past two months.
Martinez is a powerful striker with an eye for goal and hit a brace in his last international appearance. Colombia have a terrific chance to move into second in the South American qualifying group and will do so with a win over Bolivia at home on Friday, though the trip to Venezuela will be tough.
Stevan Jovetic, Montenegro
Arsenal have been linked with the Fiorentina forward in recent weeks and many fans will be wondering if the mooted £20million price tag is worth it.
Italian football isn’t exactly hard to come by but it is usually on pay TV so the majority of people don’t have easy access to it and Jovetic could be something of an unknown factor to many.
Montenegro are top of Group H ahead of England by two points and they should have enough to navigate an away tie in Moldova to maintain that lead – England are playing San Marino and will almost certainly win.
However, the real chance for him to impress any potential suitors will be in the home tie with the Three Lions on Tuesday where he can prove that he has what it takes to live with some of the best players in the Premier League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabon
Saint-Etienne’s ‘King of Bling’ (named so because of a ridiculous pair of boots) has been popping up in the press relatively often in recent months, with a host of Premier League sides reportedly watching him.
Gabon have a crucial clash with Congo where a win will take them level on points at the top of Group E in the African qualifying. A win ahead of a three-month break before the next match will be a huge psychological boost.
Burak Yilmaz, Turkey
Galatasaray’s goal machine has been making waves in Turkey with his astonishing strike rate over the past two seasons and this has recently led to links with Manchester United.
Gala’s signing of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder in January has brought them increased international attention and Yilmaz has been enhancing his reputation consistently.
Champions League fans will know he has been amazing this season, outscoring Lionel Messi and equalling Crisitiano Ronaldo in his side’s run to the quarter-finals.
Turkey’s trip to Andorra will be the perfect opportunity to get among the goals as the international minnows have not won a game since 2004 and haven’t scored a goal in over a year – Yilmaz should fill his boots.
Viktor Fischer, Denmark
Ajax really know how to develop young players and Fischer is another bright spark they have spotted to bring through the ranks. The 18-year-old made a blistering start to his first team career but has tailed off recently.
Chances have been harder to come by for Denmark but the injury to Nicklas Bendtner means they are without their senior striker for the matches with Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Both clashes will be tight affairs and Fischer will have to chance to prove he can do it when the pressure is on, as the Danes are falling behind in Group B and are yet to get a win.
Numerous Premier League sides have been reportedly watching the young hotshot and fixtures such at these go a long way in showing whether he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
What do you think of the players GMF has picked to keep an eye on? Which stars do you think will shine in the international break?
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