After an international tournament cycle there’s always change afoot, with managers – many of them new to the job – given the opportunity to experiment ahead of the next assault.
There are plenty of fresh faces set for their country’s benches this weekend, including West Ham pair Adrian for Spain and Michail Antonio, who was the only uncapped player in Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, though goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been added since.
Here are three more newbies to keep an eye on.
Prior to being picked up by Sassuolo in 2012, the 27-year-old striker’s formative football years were spent in lower/non-league sides, and even after helping the Neroverdi to their first ever promotion to Serie A the following May, Pavoletti was left behind on loan at Varese.
He just missed out on Serie B top-scorer honours at the end of the next campaign, with 24 goals for the Leopardi catching the eyes of Leeds United among others, but ended up at Genoa in January 2015.
Only four players managed more than Pavoletti’s 14 Serie A strikes during his first full top-flight campaign last term, and none of them were Italian.
How will he fair at international level after being thrust into Giampiero Ventura’s first squad?
Pavoletti’s 2/1 with bwin to score in Israel.
A 20-year-old likely to get plenty of game time in the coming years if Germany centre-half Mats Hummels’ injury record doesn’t improve, with Bayern Munich’s boldest summer capture managing six or fewer international appearances in three of the past four years.
Sule played the first 59 minutes of Die Mannschaft’s 2-0 win over Finland and looks in a straight fight for centre-half backup duties against new Arsenal man Shkodran Mustafi, with Olympic silver medallist Matthias Ginter seemingly out of the picture for now.
Ginter’s new Borussia Dortmund team is having better luck in Les Bleus’ senior ranks, with striker Dembele making the bench for France’s 3-1 friendly win over Italy after Lyon pair Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir withdrew from Didier Deschamps’ squad through injury.
Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe made his international debut from the off in Bari, but Dembele – who bagged 12 in 26 games for Rennes last term – got on for a late run around and might have more chance of game time away to Belarus, with Deschamps still not exactly overloaded with in-form strikers.