Friday, June 21, 2024

Summer Interlull round-up – players, fixtures & tournaments

The domestic season may be over but we’re about to head into a ridiculously hectic period of international football with players joining up with their countries for a round of friendlies, major tournaments and World Cup qualifiers. 

By our reckoning, 18 members of Mikel Arteta’s 23/24 campaign first team squad will be involved at a senior level in the coming weeks. The remaining 12, which includes those who spent the season away on loan, can relax on the beach.  

As a reminder, these are the dates of the two big tournaments…

Euro 2024, Germany
Starts: 14 June
Ends: 14 July

Copa America, USA
Starts: 20 June
Ends: 14 July

Mikel Arteta will return to London Colney for the start of pre-season in the second week of July with players returning in drips and drabs for 10 days before they head Stateside for three fixtures.

‘Big’ friendlies with Manchester United (SoFi, LA) and Liverpool (Lincoln Field, Philly) have already been confirmed for 28 July and 1 August. We expect a third game, against lower calibre opposition, to also happen in LA ahead of the United showdown.

Germany | Kai Havertz


  • vs Ukraine, 3 June
  • vs Greece, 7 June

Euro 2024

  • vs Scotland, 14 June
  • vs Hungary, 19 June
  • vs Switzerland, 23 June

Scotland | Kieran Tierney


  • vs Gibraltar, 3 June
  • vs Finland, 7 June

Euro 2024

  • vs Germany, 14 June
  • vs Switzerland, 19 June
  • vs Hungary, 23 June

Spain | David Raya


  • vs Andorra, 5 June
  • vs Northern Ireland, 8 June

Euro 2024 

  • vs Croatia, 15 June
  • vs Italy, 20 June
  • vs Albania, 24 June

Italy | Jorginho


  • vs Turkey, 4 June
  • vs Bosnia & Herzegovina, 9 June 

Euro 2024 

  • vs Albania, 15 June
  • vs Spain, 20 June
  • vs Croatia, 24 June

Poland | Jakub Kiwior


  • vs Ukraine, 7 June
  • vs Turkey, 10 June

Euro 2024 

  • vs Netherlands, 16 June
  • vs Austria, 21 June
  • vs France, 25 June

England | Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale, Declan Rice


  • vs Bosnia & Herzegovina, 3 June 
  • vs Iceland, 7 June

Euro 2024

  • vs Serbia, 16 June
  • vs Denmark, 20 June
  • vs Slovenia, 25 June

France | William Saliba


  • vs Luxembourg, 5 June
  • vs Canada, 9 June

Euro 2024 

  • vs Austria, 17 June
  • vs Netherlands, 21 June
  • vs Poland, 25 June

Belgium | Leandro Trossard


  • vs Montenegro, 5 June
  • vs Luxembourg, 8 June

Euro 2024

  • vs Slovakia, 17 June
  • vs Romania, 22 June
  • vs Ukraine, 26 June

Ukraine | Oleksandr Zinchenko


  • vs Germany, 3 June
  • vs Poland, 7 June
  • vs Moldova, 11 June

Euro 2024

  • vs Romania, 17 June
  • vs Slovakia, 21 June
  • vs Belgium, 26 June

Brazil | Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli


  • vs Mexico, 9 June
  • vs USA, 13 June

Copa America

  • vs Costa Rica, 25 June
  • vs Paraguay, 29 June
  • vs Colombia, 3 July

Estonia | Karl Hein


  • vs Switzerland, 4 June
  • vs Faroe Islands, 8 June

Japan | Takehiro Tomiyasu

WC qualifiers

  • vs Myanmar, 6 June
  • vs Syria, 11 June

Ghana | Thomas Partey

WC qualifiers

  • vs Mali, 6 June
  • vs Central African Republic, 10 June

Norway | Martin Odegaard


  • vs Kosovo, 5 June
  • vs Denmark, 8 June

Egypt | Mo Elneny

WC qualifiers

  • Vs Burkina Faso, 6 June
  • Vs Guinea-Bissau, 10 June


Ben White
Jurrien Timber
Cedric Soares
Emile Smith Rowe
Fabio Vieira
Eddie Nketiah
Gabriel Jesus
Reiss Nelson
Arthur Okonkwo
Nuno Tavares
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Impressed with the variety of nationalities we have! One per country apart from England and Brazil, both of who have a decent chance of winning, though let’s see…

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Unless England exits through the South Gate again.


England… winning. Such a strange sound those yeo words together in one sentence. Like “pizza” and “mustard”. Or “City” and “fairness”

Johnny 4 Hats

I’m sure Ben White will be staring at the tv screen, consumed by nervous energy, biting his nails and praying for the right result.

But that’s enough about the final of love island. I’m really looking forward to the Euros.


I’m surprised ESR and Eddie were not selected for the u21s again, since the qualifications appear to be “was once under 21”. I guess they didn’t play enough last season?


Nope, it’s for Players born on or after 1 January 2002


Ah that makes sense, only players that were under 21 one-and-a-half years ago.


Lower calibre opposition…spurs?


Surely not that low?


I honestly don’t think you’d measure sh*t in “calibre”. They’re more.. fluid. 🙂


Cedric and Elneny are out of contract before the interlul begins I think

Naked Cygan

FFS, I forgot we have Marquinhos!

Johnny 4 Hats

Is that a direct quote from Edu?


TIL (or “Today I learned”) that Denmark are playing Norway in a friendly next Saturday. I had no idea. Thanks, Arseblog! That said, I couldn’t give a *censored* about the Euros. I’m Ben White. I don’t watch football 🙂 Sorry.. on to my (utterly boring) question. We keep calling Kai “Havertz” – not “HaFerts” as would normally be the german pronounciation. V sounds like F. Any german gooners in? My german is pretty decent, but isn’t he “Hafertz”? Some drunk gooner told me (also a drunk gooner at the time) it was because he’s of some.. other-than-german descent, so his… Read more »


Or Hawertz? Used to do training in Germany with my boss who’s name was Vaughan which every German pronounced as Vaughan. 🤷🏼‍♂️


*Waughan, damn predictive text


havertz all day long…
(i‘m only swiss-german)


Still the best german speaking country at football [Euro 24 pending…]


My pet peeve is “Haysus”


Or Charles Watts making Nwaneri rhyme with Ranieri.


timber deserves a call up this is an outrage


I rather like the sentiment behind him not getting called up. He would be gutted, no doubt, bur this is ample opportunity to put the last year behind and get ready and ridiculously fit for the new one.

Himself, GJ9, and Ben White are now players with points to prove next year. I am smacking my lips already at what we could see from them!


He fell on a selector

A Different George

Unless he’s Messi, you can’t call up someone who has played 30 minutes of competitive football since August. I actually think the Netherlands should have called up Bjen Van Wit.


The sarcasm here is going to be lost on everyone.

Sambi’s gonna be pissed. Toys out of the pram whenever his name isn’t first on the national team sheet.


Is the Sesko talk heating up or am i dreaming. When all the rags jump on a story there’s usually something there.


Break out the Arseblog “give a fuck-o-meter”! Mine is around where Ben White’s is which is to say far below zero

Cranky Colin


Ok , I admit, I’m a Pasdy

Cranky Colin


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