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7 Uncapped Stars to Watch Out for in This Week's UEFA Nations League Fixtures

The stop-start season for European clubs grinds to a halt again this week for the last international break of 2018 and the final set of UEFA Nations League group fixtures, with promotion and relegation up for grabs across the continent.


Several international managers have taken the opportunity to name larger squads than usual, meaning that many uncapped players have been handed their first call-ups and could have a part to play in this week's decisive group games.


Here are seven players looking to make an immediate impact on the international stage...

7. Maryan Shved (Ukraine)

Club: Karpaty Lviv

Age: 21


Nations League Fixture: Slovakia (plus friendly vs Turkey)


Ukraine became the first side to win promotion to League A last month, effectively giving them two friendly matches in this international break. As a result, Andriy Shevchenko has named an experimental squad containing five uncapped players, the most exciting of which is Maryan Shved.


Shved is the top-scoring Ukrainian in the domestic league this season with eight goals in 14 appearances for Karpaty Lviv. With only three forwards named in the Ukraine squad - another uncapped player and one with just four caps - Shved has a real chance to nail down a regular place in Shevchenko's team.

6. Ferland Mendy (France)

Club: Lyon

Age: 23


Nations League Fixture: Netherlands (plus friendly vs Uruguay)


Drafted into the France squad as a replacement for his injured namesake Benjamin Mendy, Ferland Mendy is the latest Lyon player to make the step up after teammate Tanguy Ndombele was handed his first cap last month.


Lucas Digne is ahead of Mendy in the pecking order at left back and he will be expected to start against the Netherlands, but Mendy could get his debut in the friendly against Uruguay. He'll want to make sure he can get in the squad on his own merits without the help of injuries next time.

5. Fyodor Chalov (Russia)

Club: CSKA Moscow

Age: 20


Nations League Fixture: Sweden (plus friendly vs Germany)


With Artem Dzyuba out injured, Russia's squad contains four strikers, none of whom were at the World Cup. By far the most exciting option of the four is 20-year-old Fyodor Chalov, who has enjoyed a sensational start to the season with CSKA Moscow.


Chalov is the top scorer in the Russian Premier League with 9 goals after 14 games, including a hat-trick against Ural Yekaterinburg, and he also scored his first ever Champions League goal against Viktoria Plzen. It could be a baptism of fire for Chalov, with Russia facing Germany in a friendly on Thursday.

4. Callum Wilson (England)

Club: Bournemouth

Age: 26


Nations League Fixture: Croatia (plus friendly vs USA)


It is a richly deserved first international call-up for Callum Wilson, who has either converted or assisted 10 of the 21 Premier League goals Bournemouth have scored this season. Only Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have scored more than Wilson so far.


If he is to make his England debut, it will most likely come in the friendly against the United States on Thursday, but Danny Welbeck's enforced absence means that he could have a part to play in the Nations League decider against Croatia as well.

3. Alassane Pléa (France)

Club: Borussia Monchengladbach

Age: 25


Nations League Fixture: Netherlands (plus friendly vs Uruguay)


It's unfortunate for Alassane Pléa that he is playing in an era of of such a strong France team, because he would breeze into any other international side with statistics of 11 goals in 12 appearances since joining Borussia Monchengladbach, including his first Bundesliga hat-trick against Werder Bremen last weekend.


Pléa only got into the squad after Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette withdrew, and he must compete with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele for a place in the team. If Pléa does get his chance, he must take it, because he may not get another.

2. Mario Hermoso (Spain)

Club: Espanyol

Age: 23


Nations League Fixture: Croatia (plus friendly vs Bosnia-Herzegovina)


Espanyol have made a sparkling start to the season and their back four is a big reason for that, with only three teams boasting a better defensive record in La Liga. Mario Hermoso, who has played every minute of league action, has been rewarded with a first senior summons from Luis Enrique.


Three of Spain's defenders - Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos and Cesar Azpilicueta - have over 200 caps between them, but the rest are very inexperienced. There is a centre back vacancy to be fought for and on recent form, Hermoso will fancy his chances of claiming it.

1. Stefano Sensi (Italy)

Club: Sassuolo

Age: 23


Nations League Fixture: Portugal (plus friendly vs USA)


With only two of Italy's seven midfielders having reached double figures in caps, Stefano Sensi must feel that this is a great opportunity to stake his claim after receiving his first international call-up from Roberto Mancini, who has described him as 'technically gifted and fast.'


Sensi's playing style has been compared to Marco Verratti and Andrea Pirlo, although he claims that his role model is Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi. Usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, Sensi will be charged with imposing structure on an often flimsy Italian midfield.