IT'S not so long ago that international weeks would barely register at Burnley's training ground.

A youth call-up here and there aside, few Clarets were involved in senior international action.

But one side effect of Burnley's rise in recent years is their number of internationals, with eight of Sean Dyche's first team squad away on senior international duty this week.

They jetted off to join up with their national sides in a good mood after Burnley's 1-0 win at Everton on Sunday, and they will return, hopefully fit, in time for the Clarets' Turf Moor clash with West Ham United on Saturday, October 14.

Here's where the eight international Clarets are going this week as they cover 35,000 miles between them.

Sam Vokes (Wales)

Vokes trained with Wales less than 24 hours after the Goodison Park success and he could be a key figure for Chris Coleman's side following the withdrawal of Gareth Bale.

Results went for Wales in the September international break and they head into their final two games in World Cup qualifying in second place as they look to secure the play-off spot as they bid to make Russia 2018.

Vokes and Wales will jet out to Tbilisi this week for a game with Georgia on Friday night before returning to Cardiff for what could be a defining showdown with Republic of Ireland on Monday night.

Kevin Long, Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland)

It could be a Clarets reunion at the Cardiff City Stadium with four Burnley players in Martin O'Neill's squad for Ireland's final two qualifiers.

The equation is simple for both sides, two wins out of two will secure second place and that play-off spot for November.

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Long, Ward, Hendrick and Brady are in Dublin this week for a clash with Moldova on Friday night before they cross the Irish Sea and head to Cardiff for that fixture with Wales.

If both Republic of Ireland and Wales win on Friday then it will all come down to that final Group D fixture.

Steven Defour (Belgium)

It's pressure off for Belgium and Defour with the Red Devils having already booked their place in Russia next summer.

They tie up qualification with a trip to Sarajevo to face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday before they conclude qualification with a tie against Cyprus at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Tuesday night.

Defour has been in fine form for the Clarets this season and he will be looking to add to his 51 caps for his country, having last started a competitive game a year ago in the 6-0 win at Gibraltar.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Iceland)

It's a big week for winger Gudmundsson as Iceland seek qualification from a very competitive Group I.

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Two points separate the top four in that group with Croatia and Iceland locked together on 16 points and Turkey and Ukraine on 14 points.

Iceland could yet win the group and secure automatic qualification, finish as runners-up and take a play-off place or miss out all together.

It's a crucial clash on Friday night as Iceland travel to Eskisehir to face Turkey knowing victory will extinguish the hosts' chances of overtaking them and edge them closer to a World Cup spot.

Iceland complete their qualification campaign on Monday with a home fixture with Kosovo.

Chris Wood (New Zealand)

New Zealand have completed the Oceania qualifying campaign and are now waiting to find out which fifth placed South American side they will face in a play-off in November, with Argentina currently occupying that spot.

The last two rounds of South American qualifying take place this week and while the All Whites will be keeping an eye on that they are warming up for November's Intercontinental Play-Off with a friendly against Japan in Tokyo on Friday.

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Wood will be saved the full journey to New Zealand, with Anthony Hudson's side having a training camp in Nagoya before the friendly.

Scott Arfield (Canada)

Canada's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup are already over but they have a training camp and a friendly this week, with Scott Arfield involved.

The squad will assemble for a training camp in Toronto before the friendly with El Salvador on Tuesday in Houston, Texas.