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Asamoah Gyan returns from a ban hoping to batter England tonight at Wembley.
Asamoah Gyan returns from a ban hoping to batter England tonight at Wembley.

Sunderland players in action all across the globe tonight and into the small hours, so it's about time we updated you on who's gonna be where, when, and how you can watch them in action. If of course you have the correct satellite connection, and by no means stray to one of the many naughty websites where these game may or may not be streamed. I don't recommend that at all.

We'll start off with the closest to home - England taking on Ghana at Wembley Stadium (7:30pm GMT, ITV1). Now then, unless you've been living under a rock for the last few days, you'll realize that we'll see in action tonight Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari & John Mensah. This game has been given even more special interest to SAFC fans as Danny Welbeck has been added to the England squad.

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Expect to see Welbeck start tonights game on the bench as Andy Carroll leads the line alongside either Darren Bent (booo) or Jermaine Defoe (slightly less booo). Fantastic that he has been called up though. Any international recognition for a player whilst at Sunderland is good for the club.

As for the Ghana Guys, Asamoah Gyan returns for the Black Stars, having been forced to sit out through suspension the 3-0 win over Congo at the weekend. A strong performance for Ghana, in which also Sulley Muntari scored a cracking goal, and John Mensah took his familiar role as captain.

According to all published reports, the Ghanaians are relishing tonights game. Asamoah Gyan proclaiming the game is "like a World Cup" and he wants to "make history" whilst John Mensah warned Fabio Capello that allowing the likes of John Terry & Wayne Rooney to return to their clubs could be a mistake.

Manager Steve Bruce will be watching the game with some interest, but mainly like the rest of us hoping nobody comes away injured, whilst adding on the official site he found the potential clash of Welbeck vs Mensah "interesting."

If for some reason you don't fancy that game, or are part of the Goalkeepers Union, a short hop across the channel is the choice for you, where you can catch Belgium in action against Azerbaijan at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels (7:45pm GMT, Canvas). 

Simon Mignolet will start for the Belgians after a highly impressive debut away at Austria, where the youngster kept a clean sheet. He'll be looking to continue that with another against the less-fancied Azerbaijan.

Many Belgian commentators and pundits were impressed with Mignolet against Austria, and see a bright future for our keeper as he looks to keep a hold of the No.1 jersey.

And when we're all said and done in Europe, best get your ass over to the good old US of A where two more SAFC 'stars' could be in action.

In the small hours of Wednesday morning, you can catch Cristian Riveros and his Paraguay team mates try to beat the USA at LP Field, Nashville (1am, Al Jazeera +4).

The US are likely to field a much changed line-up from the one which scored a very impressive 1-1 draw with Argentina, but the Paraguayans are set to continue with the same team who slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Mexico just days a go. In that game Riveros found the net, and former SAFC defender Paulo Da Silva looked particularly rubbish.

Then if you're still up at 3am, keep it tuned to Al Jazeera +4 for Costa Rica v Argentina taking place in San Jose, where Marcos Angeleri may make a very rare appearance.

Angeleri failed to feature in the previously mentioned draw with the USA, but does look like getting game time tonight, as manager Sergio Batista looks to rest Javier Zanetti and go for a half each between Angeleri, and his competition for the future of the right-back position - Ivan Pillud.

I hope he does play to be honest, as at the very least it may make him more prominent in the shop window he's already put himself in. Or perhaps that should be bargain bin, or maybe even 'soiled goods' who knows.

And there you have it ladies and gents, enough SAFC players in action to see you through right until about 6am tomorrow morning. If you're staying up, you're mental, and bow to your superior support.

Lets just hope everyone comes back fighting fit and comes back full of confidence having hit a few goals. We can't afford even one set-back as we enter the final straight of the season.

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