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Magnificent Seven Get International Call

3 October 2013

Seven members of the Crystal Palace squad have been called up for international duty next week. 

The group are currently focused on Saturday’s trip to Liverpool, but can then look forward to journeys that will see the Eagles represented on all four corners of the globe. 

And it is summer signing Adlene Guedioura (pictured) who faces the most important test, as his Algerian side look to take a giant step towards booking their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

After topping Group H of the African qualifying section, they now face fellow group winners Burkina Faso in a two-legged tie for a place in the 32-team summer showpiece. 

The first leg takes place in Ouagadougou on Saturday 12th October, as Algeria look for a positive result to take into the home leg next month.

Kagisho Dikgacoi’s South Africa will not be involved in those play-offs after they could only finish second to Ethiopia in Group A, but the combative midfielder has been called up for their friendly against Morocco on Friday 11th October. 

KG’s central midfield partner Mile Jedinak will again be involved in international action for the already qualified Australia, who take on France on Friday 11th October, before facing Canada four days later.  

Meanwhile, transfer deadline day signing Barry Bannan has done enough in his first month in SE25 to earn a place in Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad for their final World Cup qualifier against Croatia. 

The Scots cannot finish higher than fourth in Group A, but could yet fall behind Macedonia or Wales, who both have a game in hand over the Scots and meet each other on Friday 11th October. 

Danny Gabbidon has been named among the Welsh contingent again for that match, as he looks to add to his 47 international caps.   

Despite picking up a knee injury against Swansea which forced him out of the 2-0 defeat to Southampton last weekend, fellow centre back Damien Delaney has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad for their double header of World Cup qualifiers. 

The 32-year-old replaces Hull City midfielder Robbie Brady, who has withdrawn from the Irish party with a hernia problem. 

Interim boss Noel King will cut his 26-man squad to 23 after this weekend, ahead of the ties with Germany and Kazakhstan. 

And another defender, Adrian Mariappa, completes Palace’s magnificent seven, as he joins up with a Jamaica squad whose hopes of qualifying for Brazil have already been dashed.

The Reggae Boyz sit rock bottom of the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying section, but will be looking to salvage some pride from their final two group games against table-topping USA and third-placed Honduras.

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