No one really likes the international break, but it's just one of those things you have to endure, kind of like getting your teeth cleaned or, at the opposite end of the spectrum, a colonoscopy. If you enjoy the thrill and excitement of the World Cup, the European Championships, or the Copa America, then you have no choice but to grin and bear your way through the various international breaks sprinkled throughout the football calendar.
Of course, the international break isn't all bad. There is a certain sense of pride that comes with watching your favorite club players suit up for their respective national teams, and if we measure club success (or at the very least, popularity) by the number of players they send on international duty, then Roma is sitting pretty at the moment.
EXCLUSIVE | Tammy Abraham called up to England squad after impressive form for Roma— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) October 4, 2021
It rewards his impressive form after a €40 million move from #CFC to #ASRoma.
The 24-year-old has scored four goals and contributed two assists for the Serie A club.
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Following this morning's news that Tammy Abraham was a late addition to Gareth Southgate's England squad—Abraham's first call-up since November 2020—Roma is sending a dozen players on international duty, including those at the youth levels.
While the Giallorossi can't match the Giallorosse in terms of Italian talent working over the break—Roma's women's team sent nine players to Italy's most recent round of World Cup qualification—José Mourinho's men will be pretty far-flung over the next two weeks.
- Lorenzo Pellegrini (Italy)
- Bryan Cristante (Italy)
- Riccardo Calafiori (Italy U-21s)
- Edoardo Bove (Italy U-20s)
- Jordan Veretout (France)
- Rui Patricio (Portugal)
- Matías Viña (Uruguay)
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia)
- Marash Kumbulla (Albania)
- Amadou Diawara (Guinea)
- Ebrima Darboe (The Gambia)
- Eldor Shomurodov (Uzbekistan)
- Tammy Abraham (England)
Between Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Mkhitaryan, and Abraham, Roma are essentially sending the entire attacking spine of the team on break, so cross every appendage you have to ensure each and every one of those names returns to Trigoria unscathed ahead of Roma's clash with Juventus on October 17th.