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Seamus Coleman will have the opportunity to test himself against the world’s best after he was named in the Republic of Ireland’s team to face Spain.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side play the reigning World and European Champions in a friendly in New York on Tuesday evening (01:00 Wednesday, BST).

Since the end of the Premier League season, Coleman has already played for the Republic twice, completing the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against England at Wembley and the 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over the Faroe Islands last Friday.

John Heitinga is another Evertonian who is set for international action as the Netherlands play the second match of their Asia tour against China in Beijing (13:00 Tuesday, BST).

Tim Howard’s busy post-season schedule continues as the USA look to move a step closer to booking their place at next summer’s World Cup by beating Panama in Seattle (01:00 Wednesday, BST).

After four fixtures, Jurgen Klinsmann’s team currently sit in second place in the six-team CONCACAF qualifying group. The top three nations automatically progress with the team finishing fourth facing a play-off against New Zealand.

Currently leading the way, however, is Costa Rica who occupy top spot ahead of the USA on goal difference. Bryan Oviedo has been omitted from the squad to face Mexico, as they aim to maintain their position at the summit of the qualifying group (00:00 Wednesday, BST).

Meanwhile, Nikica Jelavic wasn’t involved as Croatia slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Portugal on Monday evening.

The striker didn’t feature in the 22-man matchday squad for the friendly in Geneva which was decided by Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half strike.

Mexico v Costa Rica
China v Netherlands
Republic of Ireland v Spain
United States v Panama

Costa Rica v Panama
United States v Honduras

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