A quartet of Palace players are set to return to training tomorrow after starring for their countries.
Mile Jedinak, Barry Bannan, Jose Campana and Jerome Williams were all in international action over the past 10 days, but will re-join their club mates in Beckenham on Thursday morning ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hull City.
Jedinak was on the winning Australia side as the Socceroos triumphed over Costa Rica in a friendly at the Allianz Arena in Sydney.
The central midfielder played all 90 minutes of the 1-0 win, as he looks to cement his place in the Aussies’ 2014 World Cup squad, with former Everton man Tim Cahill netting the game’s only goal.
Fellow midfielder Bannan, whose Scotland side missed out on qualification for next summer’s tournament in Brazil, continued their resurgence under new manager Gordon Strachan with two morale-boosting friendly results.
The 23-year-old played 80 minutes as Scotland drew 0-0 with the USA at Hampden Park last Friday, before being introduced at half-time of Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over Norway.
Jose Campana picked up another Spanish under-21 cap, playing alongside the likes of Everton’s on loan Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu in the 2-0 victory over Albania, while Jerome Williams was given 30 minutes to impress at left back during England under-19s 4-1 win against their Hungarian counterparts.
Although he was ruled out of his nation’s game through a rib injury picked up in the 2-0 defeat at West Brom, Adlene Guedioura watched on as his Algeria side qualified for the 2014 World Cup.
Guedioura’s countrymen survived a late onslaught from Burkina Faso to secure victory by away goals in their African Qualifying Play-Off and book their places in the Brazil showpiece next summer.
It means the former Nottingham Forest man could join Jedinak in becoming the first two Palace players since Gregg Berhalter in 2002 to play for their countries at a World Cup while contracted to the Eagles.