David Beckham could be recalled to the England squad on Friday for the friendly in Austria and the final Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia.England need to beat Croatia on 21 November and for Russia to fail to beat either Israel or Andorra to reach for next summer's finals.
Nigeria have lined up two friendly matches against Egypt and Sudan in Spain, as part of their build-up to next year's Nations Cup in Ghana. According to the spokesman for the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Ademola Olajire, the Super Eagles will tackle Egypt on 8 January.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp fears the African Cup of Nations could wreck their European ambitions. Four Africans played as Pompey beat Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday to strengthen their top four credentials.
It is one of sport's unwritten rules that the form book, the statistics and the odds all mean little when it comes to cup finals. Cup finals, it is often said, are won by the team that can hold it altogether on the field on the day.
Ghanasoccernet was the first to announce coach Claude Leroy's 40-man squad that includes Dutch striker Quincy Owusu Abeyie. Several local players were also named in the squad.