International football friendlies: Belgium, Netherlands set for good preparation

European teams will warm up for their Nations League campaigns. Get the full schedule, India start times and watch the international friendlies live.

By Rahul Venkat

The second international break of the 2020-21 season begins this week, but the Indian football team will not be seen in action as yet.

The Sunil Chhetri-led team were scheduled to travel to Bangladesh and face Afghanistan at home in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. However, those have now been pushed to 2021 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, Indian football stars are now at camps preparing for the start of the Indian Super League (ISL), the country’s premier domestic competition, on November 20.

Warm-up friendlies

However, football fans in India will still have a lot of action to look forward to this week as several European teams play friendlies to warm up for another round of the UEFA Nations League.

Portugal play Andorra but could be without captain Cristiano Ronaldo after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner hobbled off with an injury in Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Lazio on Sunday.

Top-ranked Belgium take on a formidable opponent in Switzerland. The FIFA World Cup semi-finalists will likely play without talisman Eden Hazard, who is carrying a minor injury though he has been included in the squad.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez though did sound confident about the availability of record striker Romelu Lukaku, who has missed the last two matches for his club Inter.

Virgil Van Dijk will not feature for the Netherlands as he recovers from knee surgery.

In a blockbuster friendly clash this week, the Netherlands welcome Spain at home. The Dutch are without star centre-back Virgil Van Dijk as he recovers from knee surgery.

Spain, meanwhile, has called up Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin after four years, and Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio. The latter replaces Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati, who is out with a knee injury while Bellerin comes in as a replacement for Jesus Navas.

International friendlies: Fixtures, schedule and times for India

All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

Wednesday, November 11

Georgia vs Cyprus, 8.15 PM IST

Lithuania vs Faroe Islands, 10.30 PM IST

Malta vs Liechtenstein, 10.30 PM IST

Montenegro vs Kazakhstan, 10.30 PM IST

Norway vs Israel, 10.30 PM IST

Romania vs Belarus, 10.30 PM IST

San Marino vs Latvia, 10.30 PM IST

Bulgaria vs Gibraltar, 11 PM IST

Turkey vs Croatia, 11.15 PM IST

Thursday, November 12

Denmark vs Sweden, 12 AM IST

Albania vs Kosovo, 12.30 AM IST

Luxembourg vs Austria, 1 AM IST

Belgium vs Switzerland, 1.15 AM IST

Germany vs Czech Republic, 1.15 AM IST

Italy vs Estonia, 1.15 AM IST

The Netherlands vs Spain, 1.15 AM IST

Poland vs Ukraine, 1.15 AM IST

Portugal vs Andorra, 1.15 AM IST

Slovenia vs Azerbaijan, 1.15 AM IST

France vs Israel, 1.40 AM IST

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Iran, 4.30 PM IST

Friday, November 13

Wales vs USA, 1.15 AM IST

England vs Ireland, 1.30 AM IST

Japan vs Panama, 7.45 PM IST

Saturday, November 14

Qatar vs Costa Rica, 12.30 AM IST

Sunday, November 15

Mexico vs South Korea, 1.30 AM IST

Guatemala vs Honduras, 10.30 PM IST

Tuesday, November 17

USA vs Panama, 1.15 AM IST

Qatar vs South Korea, 6.30 PM IST

Wednesday, November 18

Japan vs Mexico, 1.30 AM IST

Where to watch international friendlies live in India

Select matches of the international friendlies will be broadcast live on the Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX, and their respective HD TV channels in India.

Live streaming of international friendlies in India will be on Sony LIV.