This week of international play sees a few important matches for the national teams across Britain. England, Wales, and the Republic of Ireland all play qualifying matches for next year's European Championships. It is expected that England breeze through qualifying and is already comfortably leading their group. However, Wales and Ireland are expected to be much tighter, so winning points in these matches is very important. Wales are second in their group behind Israel (their opponents this week) with Bosnia and Belgium slipping up in the early matches. Scotland and Ireland are both in a tough group with Poland and Germany. They sit in third and fourth, respectfully, with Scotland in position to go to an extra qualifying match. England is also playing an additional friendly against Italy. Scotland and Northern Ireland feature a single friendly match. In an interesting coincidence, they will be playing against each other. That match will be played later tonight in Glasgow.
vs. Lithuania. (Home) (Euro Qualifier)
vs. Italy (away in Turin) (Friendly)
vs. Israel (away in Haifa) (Euro Qualifier)
vs. Northern Ireland (home) (friendly)
vs. Northern Ireland (away in Glasgow) (friendly)
Republic of Ireland
vs. Poland (home) (Euro Qualifier)