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International preview: Weimann targeting senior Austria debut

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International preview: Weimann targeting senior Austria debut

By Dan Harrison

It could be a big week for Andreas Weimann as Austria get set for a World Cup qualification double-header against Kazakhstan.

The Villa striker is in line for his senior international debut in Friday's Group C clash in Astana.

Weimann's impressive form was recognised by Austria coach Marcel Koller, who called the 21-year-old into the senior ranks for the first time.

Having lost 2-1 to Germany in their opening game, Austria are looking to kickstart their World Cup qualifying campaign when they face Kazakhstan away on Friday and again in Vienna on Tuesday.

Weimann is among a host of Villa players involved in crucial qualifiers on Friday.

Ron Vlaar's Netherlands are looking to continue their unbeaten start when they take on Andorra in Rotterdam.

The Dutch are level-pegging with Romania on six points at the top of Group D.

Christian Benteke is in Belgrade for Belgium's Group A battle against Serbia.

Victory would give the Belgians a healthy return of seven points from three matches going in to Tuesday's meeting with Scotland.

It's an all-British affair for Alan Hutton as the Tartan Army meet Wales in Cardiff.

Ciaran Clark has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the big Germany showdown in Group C.

Both teams boast 100 per cent records going into the game in Dublin.

Brad Guzan's USA travel to Antigua and Barbuda with their group in the North, Central American and Caribbean qualification zone nicely poised.

USA, Jamaica and Tuesday's opponents Guatemala all have seven points from four games in Group A.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Karim El Ahmadi has an important Africa Cup of Nations qualifier for Morocco against Mozambique in Marrakech.

There are also two Villa players in crunch European U21 Championship play-off fixtures on Friday.

Nathan Delfouneso - currently on loan at Blackpool - is in the England squad for their first leg against Serbia at Norwich's Carrow Road.

Goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist is also hoping to qualify for next summer's finals in Israel, with his Switzerland side taking on Germany in Leverkusen.

Two Villa academy stars are set to star for the Republic of Ireland U19s in a four-team European Championship qualification ground.

Michael Drennan and Jack Grealish begin their trio of fixtures today [Thursday] against host side Luxemborg.

The youngsters then come up against Macedonia on Saturday and Germany on Tuesday.

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By @AVFCOfficial 11th October 2012
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