QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo has today jetted off on international duty for a crucial double header for Australia.
The Socceroos face a two-legged tie with Syria to decide who will face a final play-off against a team from the CONCACAF section for a place in next summer's World Cup in Russia.
Luongo and co failed to qualify automatically for the showpiece event, meaning that the 25-year-old's World Cup dream depend on this week's qualifiers.
The Aussie’s take on Syria in Malaysia for the first leg on 5th October before hosting them in the second leg on 10th October in Sydney.
Striker Conor Washington has also been called up for a crucial double-header as Northern Ireland face a home clash with Germany on October 5th before travelling to face Norway on Sunday October 8th, while Pawel Wszolek has been called up by Poland for their games with Armenia and Montenegro on the same dates.
The Irish have already secured a play-off spot for the World Cup, but victories in their next two games would guarantee automatic qualification.
Elsewhere, Yeni Ngbakoto and Kazenga Lua Lua have been called up by DR Congo for their clash with Libya on Saturday 7th October, while Idrissa Sylla has been called up by Guinea for their clash with Tunisia on the same day.
In the under-21s, defender Niko Hamalainen has been called up by Finland for their matches with Poland and Denmark on October 6th and October 10th respectively, while a trio of QPR youngsters will be involved in the Northern Ireland under-21 squad in the coming weeks.
Charlie Owens, Chris Paul and new signing Paul Smyth have all received the call from former Hoops man Ian Baraclough for a friendly with Jersey on October 4th, before hosting Estonia on October 10th in a UEFA 2019 European under-21 qualifier.