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Posted: Tue 09 Oct 2012
Author: rovers.co.uk
Fabio Nunes

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Rovers now have six players away on international duty over the next week.

The npower Championship takes a back seat for the next week or so as World Cup qualifiers, Under-21 qualifiers, AFC Championships and friendly matches take centre stage.

Jordan Rhodes had been named in  the Scotland squad for their qualifiers against Wales and Belgium but has now joined Grant Hanley in returning to Rovers because of an ankle injury.

Simon Vukcevic has linked up with the Montenegrin squad for their qualifier against the Ukraine next Tuesday 16 October, whilst Martin Olsson's Sweden have away games against the Faroe Islands this Friday and Germany next Tuesday.

Tim Payne is also on World Cup qualifying duty with New Zealand as the All Whites have round three qualifiers against Tahiti on Friday and Tuesday.

At Under-21 level Fabio Nunes has been called up to the Portuguese squad for the first time. With Portugal failing to reach the Under-21 play-offs, they have a friendly match against Ukraine in Moreira Conegos on Monday October 15th.

Jason Lowe is with the England squad for their UEFA Under-21 qualifying play-offs. England have a double-header against Serbia in a bid to reach next summer's finals. The first game takes place this Friday at Carrow Road, Norwich, the second leg taking place in Krusevac, Serbia the following Tuesday.

Jamie Maclaren has linked up with Australia for two matches against Portugal's Under-20 side on the 11th and 14th October. That will be followed by a training camp before the Young Socceroos take part in the AFC Under-19 Championships in the United Arab Emirates from November 1-17.

Australia kick off their campaign against Qatar on November 4th followed by a game against Syria on the 6th. They end their group qualifiers against Saudi Arabia on November 8th.