Robin van Persie Among Top 5 EPL players To Watch On International Duty

With the International break upon us I am going to look at some of the English Premier League's top talent who could impress during the games across Europe. With World Cup 2014 two years away, clubs will be hoping to add 3 more points to the board and we will discover which teams can seriously compete for a place at the biggest football tournament in the world. 

1) Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United frontman has been made captain for England's game against San Marino at Wembley, the FA has revealed. 

Rooney who has been sidelined with an injury for most of Manchester United's 7 Premier League games this season has recently said he believes he can fulfil a Cantona style role - using his experience amongst the youth of the England national team - rather than Manchester United.

Rooney who has yet to open his Premier League goal account this season has already played 76 games for England netting 29 times - but has failed to shine at the big tournaments.

His captaincy against San Marino could begin the role of experienced leader and help put some creativity into the England team.

2) Santi Cazorla 

Since joining Arsenal during the summer transfer window, Cazorla has made a flying start to his short Premier League career.

The Spaniard may find getting onto the pitch hard enough but when he has played for his country he has not looked out of place - slotting into the passing style of his fellow countrymen.

Should he manage to get some time on the pitch expect him to continue to impress follow a stint of quality Premier League performances. 

Having scored two goals in seven games for the Gunners', Cazorla will hope that is recent spell of good performances will continue.

3) Steven Fletcher

The Scot has returned to the national team for the first time since an argument with manager Craig Levein. Fletcher reportedly refused to play for Scotland in a friendly.

Since then he has signed at £12 million deal with Sunderland and has scored five goals for the club in seven games - causing many fans to question his omission.

With goals at club level in the Premier League, the Scottish FA will be hoping that the selection of the striker will not be a mistake and that he can help guide them to a respectable finish in the World Cup Qualifying Group.

4) Mario Balotelli 

The fiery Italian is always interesting to watch - whether it is his on field displays of either brilliance or explosiveness or his off-field mischievousness. 

Balotelli's appearances for Manchester City this season have been limited so with Italy in action we may be able to get a glimpse of the striker.

Having been sent off twice already in his Premier League career as well as having some incredible moments ('Why always me?'), Balotelli is a character of modern football.

5) Robin Van Persie

Despite rumours that he may not start the match against Andorra, Van Persie will certainly cause an impact if he has to come off of the bench.

The Dutchman will be looking to get a few goals against the minnows of Andorra who will not go into the game with high expectations.

Having scored a truck-load of goals for Arsenal last season, RVP has continued to shine in a Manchester United shirt in the Premier League.

Whilst Holland underachieved at Euro 2012 , the road to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, certainly looks a lot brighter for them - with Van Persie being at the fore-front. 

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