While West Ham are set for a weekend off, several Hammers are in action during the international break.

West Ham have four players preparing to represent their country, while a further five youngsters and two loanees are also in action.

Robert Snodgrass is set for some action with Scotland. He has recently been reintegrated into this West Ham team and we look at who he is coming up against.

Fixtures

Snodgrass’ first challenge will come on Friday evening and it is a tough game. Scotland host Belgium – a team packed with talent – at Hampden Park.

Three days later and Snodgrass is back in action again as Scotland have a home clash with Albania.

The Scots are in League C and Group 1 of the UEFA Nations League.

The good news for West Ham fans is that Snodgrass is only heading to Scotland and has almost a whole week to recover before the Everton clash next Sunday.

Will he play?

Over the last two years, Snodgrass has established himself as a regular for Scotland. He will be hoping to add his 26th and 27th caps for his country and look to add to his tally of seven goals.

However, the 30-year-old has only been drafted in as a replacement for Matty Phillips. He initially claimed he wanted to focus on West Ham rather than have an international distraction.

Whether this affects his chances of playing is unknown yet.

Who is he up against?

Belgium finished third in the World Cup and their team is full of familiar faces for Premier League fans.

 

Snodgrass will be taking on well-known defenders like Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Tottenham Hotspur duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – now at Real Madrid – will hope to keep Snodgrass and the Scots at bay, while Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will be Snodgrass’ counterpart at the other end of the pitch.

Other familiar names include Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele and Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi.

Against Albania, there are less well-known players, but still some for Scotland to worry about.

Etrit Berisha (Napoli) is an experienced goalkeeper. Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) is an accomplished defender. Taulant Xhaka (Basel) is the brother of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Winger Eros Grezda has just joined Rangers so will come across some of his team-mates at Hampden Park.

How can this help West Ham?

With no points on the board yet, West Ham need their players to be at the top of their game.

Under Manuel Pellegrini, Snodgrass has been given another chance and he has been one of the best players so far.

The left-footed winger can hopefully take some confidence from Scotland’s friendly games and put that into action for the Hammers.

This match will also be an early indication of a battle set to take place later this month.

West Ham host Chelsea in September, where Snodgrass will be asked to do a lot of tracking back to help the full-backs try to shackle Hazard. When Scotland host Belgium, this will be his chance to show he can fill that role.

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