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A host of City players have been called up for international duty, with several set to face each other over the next couple of weeks.

Valeri Bojinov's return from injury has seen him earn a recall to the Bulgarian national squad, and he's set to face club skipper Richard Dunne and keeper Shay Given at Croke Park in 2010 World Cup qualifier this Saturday.

Looking further afield, Elano & Robinho & Felipe Caicedo are all likely to be involved when Brazil face Ecuador in Quito next Sunday night. SWP is in the full England squad for the games against Slovakia & the Ukraine, but Wayne Bridge's hamstring problem has forced him out of contention. Micah Richards, Nedum Onuoha & Joe Hart will report to their former club manager Stuart Pearce for the England Under 21 team's friendlies against Norway & France.

Full call-up list:

Shaun Wright-Phillips - England v Slovakia (friendly) 28/03/09, v Ukraine 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifier)

Richard Dunne & Shay Given - ROI v Bulgaria 28/03/09 & ROI v Italy 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Elano & Robinho - Brazil v Ecuador 29/03/09 & Brazil v Peru 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Vincent Kompany - Belgium v Bosnia-Herzegovina (home & away double-header) 28/03/09 & 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Nigel de Jong - Netherlands v Scotland 28/03/09 & Netherlands v FYR Macedonia 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Gelson Fernandes - Switzerland v Moldova (home & away double-header) 28/03/09 & 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Craig Bellamy & Ched Evans - Wales v Finland 28/03/09 & Wales v Germany 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Valeri Bojinov - Bulgaria v ROI 28/03/09 & Bulgaria v Cyprus 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Ryan McGivern - N Ireland v Poland 28/03/09 & N Ireland v Slovenia 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Felipe Caicedo - Ecuador v Brazil 29/03/09 & Ecuador v Paraguay 01/04/09 (WC 2010 qualifiers)

Joe Hart, Nedum Onuoha & Micah Richards - England U21s v Norway U21s 27/03/09 & England U21s v France U21s 31/03/09 - both friendlies.

Ben Mee, Danny Sturridge & Javan Vidal - England U20s v Italy U20s 31/03/09

Ian Daly - ROI U19s v Slovenia U19s 31/03/09 & ROI v Slovakia U19s 02/04/09

Vladimir Weiss - Slovakia v Hungary 28/03/09 & 01/04/09 Mirop Cup

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