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Real Madrid international watch: Kroos, Morata, Bale, Modric...

A host of Zinedine Zidane's first-team squad are in action for their countries across the globe - here's an at-a-glance round-up.

Real Madrid international watch: Kroos, Morata, Bale, Modric...
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Brazil: Marcelo and Casemiro

With new coach Tite handing Casemiro and Marcelo a more prominent role than ex-boss Dunga, the Real Madrid pair played the full 90 against Ecuador in Brazil's seventh World Cup 2018 qualifier. The Seleçao won 3-0 with Marcelo supplying an assist, and take on James Rodríguez's Colombia next (Wednesday, 02:45 CEST).

James Rodríguez (centre) celebrates scoring against Venezuela with team-mate Carlos Sánchez (left).

Colombia: James

Ahead of his side's trip to Brazil, James' goal set Los Cafeteros on their way to a 2-0 qualifying victory at home to Venezuela on Thursday - prompting legendary Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla to aim a pointed Twitter barb at Real coach Zinedine Zidane. The 25-year-old later missed a stoppage-time penalty.

Portugal: Pepe

Pepe started the European champions' 5-0 friendly win over Gibraltar in Oporto on Thursday - their first fixture since lifting a maiden continental crown - with the defender rounding off the scoring in the closing stages. They now meet Switzerland in Basel in their opening qualification match for Russia 2018 (Tuesday, 20:45).

Varane (back row, second from left) skippered France against Italy.

France: Varane

Having missed Euro 2016, Raphael Varane returned to action for Les Bleus on Thursday and captained the side, playing the whole match as Didier Deschamps' men earned an impressive 3-1 triumph over Italy in Bari. The French begin their bid to make the World Cup with a trip to face Belarus in Borisov on Tuesday (20:45).

Morata came off with a knock as Spain comfortably saw off Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Spain: Ramos, Carvajal, Morata, Vázquez, Asensio...

Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Álvaro Morata were all in Julen Lopetegui's maiden Spain line-up in a dominant 2-0 victory over Belgium in Brussels on Thursday, with Lucas Vázquez also featuring as a second-half substitute. Marco Asensio was not involved. Morata was forced off before the break with an injury, but could still make Spain's World Cup qualification opener at home to Liechtenstein on Monday (20:45).

Germany: Kroos

Having played no part in the Germans' 2-0 friendly win over Finland in Mönchengladbach in midweek, midfielder Toni Kroos was on the field from start to finish on Sunday evening as Joachim Löw's defending champions commenced their road to Russia with a comprehensive 3-0 beating of Norway in Oslo.

Bale trains with Wales ahead of Monday's match with Moldova.

Wales: Bale

After sparkling at France 2016, Gareth Bale's Red Dragons kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign against Moldova in Cardiff on Monday (20:45).

Croatia: Modric and Kovacic

Newly-appointed Croatia captain Luka Modric and Real midfield colleague Mateo Kovacic are getting ready for a qualifying clash with Turkey - who they defeated at Euro 2016 courtesy of a fine strike from Modric - in Zagreb on Monday (20:45).