Atletico Madrid have had a somewhat mixed start to the season, trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by eight points and looking likely to drop out of the Champions League. Top players like Antoine Griezmann have not been firing, but a chance to regain some form has been presented by the international break. With just under two weeks of international football ahead of us, here are six of Atleti's players to keep an eye on as they take to the global stage. Wales (10th November), Germany (14th...
Wales (10th November), Germany (14th November)
Atletico Madrid's star man Antoine Griezmann will be playing international friendlies against Wales and Germany while on duty with France.
Griezmann could do with a goal or two for Les Bleus after a few weeks of ill fortune in Spain, with the 26-year-old without a club strike since September.
It has been rumoured that the forward is unsettled at Madrid, so a week or two away from his club may help him decide what he wants to do with his future.
Egypt (12th November)
Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey has solidified himself in the Atletico Madrid team as a prominent defensive midfield force.
Injuries have thrusted Partey into Atletico's starting XI and the 24-year-old has taken his chance, notably scoring a screamer in the Champions League recently against Qarabag.
Ghana host Egypt, who have already enjoyed a memorable qualifying campaign, securing passage to just their third World Cup finals ever, while Ghana have already been eliminated from the group.
Greece (9th November & 12th November)
Right-back Sime Vrsaljko will be hoping to get minutes in the Croatian team when they face Greece in a World Cup play-off.
The 25-year-old has become Croatia's first choice right-back since the retirement of national legend Darijo Srna in 2016 and will look to help his side qualify for the finals in Russia next year.
Vrsaljko competes with Juanfran at the Wanda Metropolitano but should almost certainly start for Croatia in both ties against the Greeks.
Costa Rica (11th November), Russia (14th November)
Koke's startling development at Atletico, coupled with the retirements of Xavi and Xabi Alonso, has seen the midfielder win consistent places in Spain's squads in the last few years.
There is a new generation of young, exciting midfielders ready to strut their stuff on the world stage for Spain, with Thiago, Isco and Marco Asensio all tipped to be on the plane to Russia next summer.
With Spain already having a rich abundance of quality midfielders, Koke will need to prove his worth in the friendlies against Costa Rica and Russia.
Japan (10th November), England (14th November)
With Marcelo a doubt through injury, seasoned left-back Felipe Luis looks like he may start in the position at some point during the international break.
The Brazil team will be doing a lot of travelling, firstly going to play Japan and then being hosted by England at Wembley.
Should he want to start for Brazil in Russia, Luis will need to put in a few accomplished performances in the two friendlies.
Mexico (10th November), Japan (14th November)
One of Atletico's best performers in recent games, Yannick Carrasco has again been called up to the Belgium side, where he has cemented himself in the squad over the last year or two.
The winger will play in friendlies with his compatriots against Mexico, as well as hosting Japan next week.
Carrasco has five goals in 21 appearances for Belgium and will be looking to add to that total over the next week or so.