When & Where to Watch Inter’s Players During the International Break

Inter have started the season in fine form, and head into the international break with six wins from seven in Serie A.

Despite losing 2-1 to title rivals Juventus in their most recent game, Inter can go into the break full of confidence, with numerous players earning deserved call-ups from their respective national sides.

Here are the players who are leaving Milan for international football this week.


Nicolo Barella, Cristiano Biraghi & Danilo D’Ambrosio ​(Italy)

Nicolo Barella

Barella and D’Ambrioso have been regulars in Antonio Conte’s side this season, and have earned deserved call-ups. Biraghi has featured once and has an assist to his name, but has warmed the bench for a large portion of the season so far.

Italy’s fixtures look routine on paper, as they face Greece and Liechtenstein, but will need to guard their complacency against two weaker opponents.

​Game Date/Time​ ​TV Channel/Live Stream
​Italy vs. Greece ​Saturday, October 12 (19:45) ​Sky Sports Premier League
​Liechtenstein vs. Italy ​Tuesday, October 15 (19:45) ​Sky Sports Football


Diego Godin & Matias Vecino (Uruguay)

Diego Godin

Diego Godin has started five games for Inter this season, after missing out on the opening day due to a muscle injury. The 33-year-old has a wealth of club and international experience, and captains his country.

Matias Vecino has also made five appearances this season, but has been rotated throughout the opening stages of the season.

Uruguay face Peru twice, both in friendlies. This is the first time that Uruguay and Peru lock horns since their clash in the Copa America, a game which Peru won on penalties.

​Game Date/Time​ ​TV Channel/Live Stream
Uruguay vs. Peru ​Saturday, October 12 (00:00) ​N/A
​Peru vs. Uruguay ​Wednesday, October 16 (02:30) ​N/A

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku has received mixed reviews since his move from Manchester, but there is no denying that he is prolific for his country. Three goals in seven games for Inter is not a fantastic record, but it is still enough to retain his spot as Belgium’s main forward.

Belgium host San Marino before travelling to Kazakhstan in EURO 2020 qualification Group I, and you would expect Lukaku to score in both fixtures.

​Game ​Date/Time ​TV Channel/Live Stream
​Belgium vs San Marino ​Wednesday, October 10 (19:45) Sky Sports Football​
​Kazakhstan vs Belgium ​Sunday, October 13 (14:00) ​Sky Sports Main Event



Alexis Sanchez (Chile)

Alexis Sanchez

Another player who endured a nightmare stint in Manchester, Conte offered a lifeline to the Chilean.

Although he has not played up to his full potential at club level, he is still regarded as the main man in Chile. He will need to be the Sanchez of old when he travels to Colombia, before Chile welcome Guinea, where the home side are heavy favourites.

​Game ​Date/Time ​TV Channel/Live Stream
​Colombia vs. Chile ​Saturday, October 12 (17:00) ​N/A
Chile vs. Guinea​ ​Tuesday, October 15 (17:00) ​N/A

Milan Skriniar (Slovakia)

Milan Skriniar

The 24-year-old has been an ever-present for Conte this season, and has proved himself as a reliable option at the back. 

He will have to carry his club form onto the international stage, as he faces a tough task against Wales in Group E. The Slovak then faces easier opposition in Paraguay, and a break from European qualifiers.

​Game Date/Time​ ​TV Channel/Live Stream
​Slovakia vs Wales ​Thursday, October 10 (19:45) ​Sky Sports Premier League
​Slovakia vs Paraguay ​Sunday, October 13 (19:45) ​N/A

Valentino Lazaro (Austria)

Valentino Lazaro

The Austrian has not featured in Serie A this season, and only played once in the Champions League.

He faces Israel at home, before making the trip to Slovenia. He will be looking to catch the eye of Conte, and prove his worth to both Austria and Inter.

​Game Date/Time​ TV Channel/Live Stream
​Austria vs Israel Thursday, October 10 (19:45)​ ​Sky Sports Football
​Slovenia vs Austria ​Sunday, October 13 (19:45) ​Sky Sports Football


Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia)

Marcelo Brozovic

The 26-year-old has started every game in Serie A this season, and has rightfully retained his spot in the heart of the Croatian midfield.

The World Cup finalist faces Hungary in a crucial European qualifier, before travelling to Wales, who will be looking to resurrect their EURO 2020 qualification bid.

Brozovic will have to be at his best to guard his complacency against two sides, hungry for qualification.

​Game Date/Time​ TV Channel/Live Stream​
​Croatia vs. Hungary ​Thursday, October 10 (19:45) ​Sky Sports Football
​Wales vs. Croatia ​Sunday, October 13 (19:45) ​Sky Sports Football

Lautaro Martinez (Argentina)

Lautaro Martinez

Martinez has impressed for Conte’s Inter this season, and appeared in every Serie A game. His fine form has earned the 22-year-old a call-up to the Argentina side, and will be hoping to build on his previous good form for Argentina.

He faces a very tough test against Germany, then travels to Ecuador for a friendly, which should see Martinez gain some further international experience.

​Game ​Date/Time ​TV Channel/Live Stream
​Germany vs. Argentina ​Wednesday, October 9 (19:45) ​N/A
​Ecuador vs. Argentina ​Sunday, October 13 (15:00) ​N/A

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8 Footballers Who Absolutely Have to Host Saturday Night Live

Here’s a fun – and oft’ overlooked – fact: footballers are funny. No, seriously. They’re funny. They’ve got bits. 

Which is why, for the life of me, I can’t understand why not one footballer, not ever, has once hosted the comedic Goliath ‘Saturday Night Live’.

I’d like to rectify this.

So, coming live from my Van Down By the River, Old Prospector’s pickaxe in my right hand, Cowbell in my left, Opera Man wig on my head, El Nino thundering away above it, here are the eight footballers who could, nay should, host SNL. 


James Milner

James Milner

I can see it now. James Milner. Headband on. Deadpanning the audience dry with Norm Macdonald-esque precision.  

Expect plenty of ironing board props etc.

And, yes, you might say that Norm Macdonald coming back to host SNL just 18 months after he was fired from the cast was exactly like Milner leaving Manchester City on a free only to win the Champions League with Liverpool four years later. Exactly like it. 


Michy Batshuayi

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The lights come up. The camera pans across the audience and centres on the incoming Michy Batshuayi, ready for his monologue. The Belgian soaks in the cheers, maybe popping in a Dave Chappelle salute for good measure. He’s confident.

Then, as the crowd dies down, and Batshuayi is about to let rip, two 14-year-old minions join him on stage. They begin frantically pitching him Batman-related jokes. He tweets out the best. Nothing else happens.


Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

‘Ladies and Gentleman, it’s Maarrrriooooo Balo–BANG.’

Fireworks light up Studio 8H. The musicians cower. The audience scream. 

A smirking Balotelli pops his head around a curtain at the back, and bellows:

“HEEEEEREE’S BALO!”

Wrong show, but good effort from the Italian.


Patrice Evra

It’s Patrice Evra, dressed as Hellboy all night, screaming ‘I LOVE THIS SHOW’ and it’s terrible.

Not as bad as Bieber, but still, terrible

Terrible, at least, until he gets his guitar out, and sings a ‘ Lunch Lady Land’ remix all about raw chicken, with cast members pouring onto the stage with poultry placed on their heads, Monica style.


Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy

The Shark’s coming in – no, he’s not one of Tracy Morgan’s pets – and he’s coming in hot.

I mean Richard Pryor hot. Yeah, Benjamin Mendy is doing a revamped (the racial epithets are 2019 safe, don’t worry) version of that infamous Pryor and Chevy Chase sketch, with Bill Hader as Stefon as Pep Guardiola, and he’s breaking Twitter. 


Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch

After a perfectly fine opening gambit, with lots of moving around a cramped set and hitting his head, the eighth floor of 30 Rock is suddenly transformed into an Ibiza nightclub. 

Peter Crouch emerges from the smoke, microphone in hand, shirt off, pupils big as boulders, and proceeds to belt out every Euro-trash club classic you can think of, alongside bystanders dressed as either giraffes or robots. 

It’s avant-garde, it’s risqué, but it works. 


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan’s opening bit is a graphic one involving sheep and lions. He’s a lion. The rest of the cast are sheep. The cast get Taekwando’d into oblivion. 

His next sketch is an effort at self-lampooning, that backfires as soon as Ibra realises what the writers were trying to do, and kung-fu kicks them into, yes, oblivion. 

And so it goes. Self-aware? Not in the slightest. Funny? Weirdly, yes. 


Wayne Rooney

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Well, at least Wayne thinks he’s funny. But that’s not why he’s here. You know why he’s here.

Wazza works through the monologue admirably, doling out some mediocre material about Scouse-Washington relations before bringing the house down with some world-class ‘My Wife’ material. A harbinger, of course, to the hilarity that is soon to come.

Because then it happens. The big reveal. Coleen Rooney pops out of a cake that’s been wheeled behind Wazza, phone in hand, puzzled expression on her face. Sherlock Holmes hat on, Columbo jacket around her shoulders, Columbo cigar smouldering in her mouth, she stares at the screen. Waiting.

Then she shrieks. 

“IT’S…….” she says, pausing for, yes, great effect.

And the giddy crowd, who know their role and are only too willing to perform it, scream back in unison: “REBEKAH VARDY!”

Champagne bottles filled with Red Bull erupt around them, ‘ROOOONEEEEEY’ reverberating from every speaker and the show begins. The world was never the same again.


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Inter Stalwart Samir Handanović Set to Sign Contract Extension

Inter are ready to give their experienced no.1 Samir Handanović a new and improved contract to keep the Slovenian in Milan until 2022.

With 303 appearances for the Nerazzurri, Antonio Conte has full faith that the 35-year-old shot stopper can be the safe set of hands that will help Inter return to the top of Italian football. 

Samir Handanovic

With the new contract tying him to the club for three more years and on improved terms according to ​Calciomercato, it highlights Handanović’s importance to Inter. 

Since moving to San Siro from Udinese in 2012, the ‘keeper has gone from strength to strength. Winning the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2018/19 season showed how highly he is rated among his peers having cemented himself as one of the best keepers in the world. 

The Slovenian’s fine form has continued into this season, with Inter and Handanović having four clean sheets in seven league games so far as Conte’s men look like they could form a serious title challenge to the kings of Italy, Juventus.

Since February of last season the stopper has been trusted with a new responsibility – becoming the club captain. The honour was given to Handanović after the breakdown in the relationship between now Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi and the Nerazzurri hierarchy, but it just goes to show how much the keeper is respected and valued in the squad.

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Having been with the club for seven years, there isn’t anyone better suited in the squad to hold everyone to the lofty expectations that the Inter fans have of the players and the manager. 

His 110 clean sheets definitely warranted a new contract, and Handanović will be hoping to add more to his record in what could be a historic and exciting season for the prestigious Italian club that’s looking to get back to where it once was.

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