Chile’s international squad appear to be victims of their own success with Alexis and co. likely to have another summer of international duty ahead courtesy of this summer’s Russia-hosted Confederations Cup.
The traditional World Cup teaser – a sort of practice run for the host nation – is set to take place between 17 June – 2 July, just two weeks after the Champions League final. It also clashes with Arsenal’s tour of Australia.
The draw for the tournament is taking place today in Kazan and will see Chile pitted against the likes of Australia, Chile, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Russia. Africa’s representative will be decided on 5 February 2017.
Alexis signed on at Arsenal in the aftermath of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has spent consecutive summers playing Copa America matches, first in homeland Chile in 2015 and then the USA last year.
Assuming La Roja improve their World Cup qualification form and qualify for the Copa America in 2019 he might not get another break until 2020. Remarkable stuff.
Chile are also set to take part in a friendly tournament against China, Iceland and Croatia in January. Thankfully, Arsenal are not at liberty to release Alexis.