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International Call-Ups for Eagles

10 October 2012

Whilst the majority of the Palace squad enjoy a well-deserved break from their Championship exploits, the matches continue to come thick and fast for their international stars.

Darcy Blake and Lewis Price are in contention to start in Wales' crunch World Cup 2014 qualifier against Celtic rivals Scotland in Cardiff on Friday night. Both sides are yet to pick up a victory in their opening two matches, whilst Chris Coleman's side are still looking for their first point of the campaign.

Palace's two Welsh call-ups could also come face-to-face with a fellow team-mate as David Goodwillie has been placed on standby and could be involved should the Scot's injury problems worsen. Wales then face a tough match in Croatia on Tuesday whereas Scotland make a shorter trip to Belgium.

Despite taking a couple of knocks against Wolves and Burnley, the red-hot Wilfried Zaha will be hoping to get a chance to replicate his superb form over recent weeks for his country, as the England under 21s take on Serbia for a place at Euro 2013.

The Young Lions will play twice in four days for the opportunity to participate in Israel during the summer, with the first leg taking place at Carrow  Road on Friday night before Wilf and the rest of the squad travel to Krusevac for the return leg next Tuesday.

Various other members of the Eagles' squad will be flying around the globe to represent their countries during the next week. Kagisho Dikgacoi will be hoping to play against Poland in a friendly match in Warsaw on Friday night, and could also feature in another friendly in Kenya on Tuesday.

Whilst his midfield partner KG takes to the field in Nairobi, Mile Jedinak's Australia will hope to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track when they face Iraq in Qatar. The Socceroos  have failed to win any of their opening three group matches and cannot afford any more slip-ups if they hope to make Brazil in 2014.

Jonathan Parr is also part of the Norway squad who will travel to Switzerland on Friday before then continuing onto Cyprus for two qualifying games on Friday and Tuesday respectively. Norway have won one and lost one of their opening matches as they hope to qualify for a first major tournament in 12 years.

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