Cologne – A wealth of Bundesliga talent will don the colours of their countries in the coming days with the hope of propelling their nation to UEFA EURO 2016.
With the Czech Republic, Iceland, Austria and England having already joined hosts France for the 24-team final tournament, Bundesliga stars such as David Alaba, Zlatko Junuzovic and Vladimir Darida are already set to feature next summer’s showpiece.
With 15 more automatic places remaining and eight play-off berths still up for grabs, the final round of qualifiers, which starts on Thursday, promises to see more faces from the German top flight go through. bundesliga.com examines how they can join next summer's party in L'Hexagone.
Turkey currently hold third spot in Group A, and if Calhanoglu or Erding can find the back of the net against the Czech Republic in Prague on Saturday – and the Dutch lose to Kazakhstan in Astana – their nation will be in the play-offs. With the Dutch out of the top three, and Iceland and the Czechs already through, the two Bundesliga forwards have their work cut out to ensure they will not be watching the EURO from their living rooms.
The Bundesliga quartet find themselves in fourth place in the group, but victory over section leaders Wales on Saturday, and then away to Cyprus three days later, could see them deny Israel a place in the play-offs.
Spain: Thiago (FC Bayern München)
Slovakia: Dusan Svento (1. FC Köln)
Thiago and the reigning European champions need just a win at home to Luxembourg on Friday or in Ukraine on 12 October to go through. One of the surprises of the qualifying round, Slovakia will seal their first-ever EURO berth if they win at home to Belarus on Friday or in Luxembourg next Monday.
Germany: 16 Bundesliga players
Germany, who are already guaranteed a play-off place at the very least, will seal automatic qualification if they avoid defeat in Ireland on Thursday, while that result could also ensure Poland progress to the final tournament regardless of the score of their game in Scotland.
Switzerland: 11 Bundesliga players
Estonia: Ragnar Klavan (FC Augsburg)
There is a strong top-flight presence in the Swiss squad, which includes Borussia Mönchengladbach's Granit Xhaka and Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez (pictured, l.). They need to beat San Marino on Friday and hope Slovenia, who are three points behind, do not win at home to Lithuania to qualify automatically. Klavan's Estonia are an outside bet for a top-three finish, but back-to-back wins over England, who are already qualified, and Switzerland could see them through.
Third in the section, Sweden could still pip Russia to second place and qualify automatically, but more realistically, victories in Liechtenstein on Friday and at home to Moldova on 12 October will see them into the play-offs.
Croatia: Ivica Olic (Hamburg)
With a play-off place assured, Norway will qualify automatically if they win at home to Malta on Saturday and Olic's Croatia fail to pick up all three points against Bulgaria in Zagreb.
Portugal: Vierinha (Wolfsburg)
The Danish trio head to Portugal for their final game on Thursday hoping to win and see third-placed Albania, who have played a game less and are just a point behind, fail to triumph at home to Serbia. A draw against the Danes will be enough to see Vierinha's Portugal through.