Midfielder Matt Smith faces the prospect of playing three games in five days after being called up by Wales – but that seems almost trivial compared with the feat of the country’s former striker Mark Hughes over 30 years ago.
On 11 November 1987 Hughes played matches for Wales and Bayern Munich in two countries on the same day.
So Smith being asked to play for FC Twente between Wales internationals against Denmark on 16 November and Albania on 20 November seems simple compared to the adventure of current Southampton boss Hughes.
It included a crucial European Championship qualifier against Czechoslovakia, a private jet flight across Europe, a dash in a Lada car and a German Cup second-round replay against Borussia Monchengladbach.
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Hughes and Wales were hoping to qualify for the 1988 European Championship finals.
They lost 1-0 in Denmark the previous month – their first defeat of the campaign – and needed to win in Czechoslovakia to secure qualification for the following summer’s finals in West Germany.
They faced a talented Czech side managed by the great Josef Masopust and which featured the likes of Ivo Knoflicek, a young Tomas Skuhravy and future West Ham United goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko.
Wales manager Mike England’s preparations were far from ideal.
In the era before international breaks, the Football League would only sanction games to be postponed that involved England internationals, meaning the Wales boss spent an anxious weekend awaiting news of any injuries.