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ALBION INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

29 March 2016

A number of Albion players have been away representing their countries.


A host of Brighton & Hove Albion players are currently away on international duty across Europe, as preparations continue for this summer's Euro 2016 tournament in France.

Those countries that failed to qualify are already looking ahead to the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in September.

Here is a round-up of Albion players in international action.
 


ANDREW CROFTS - WALES

Andrew Crofts won his 27th cap for Wales when he played the second half of a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland last Thursday.

Simon Church’s 89-minute penalty earned Chris Coleman’s side a draw, cancelling out Craig Cathcart’s opener.

The last appearance for Crofts in an international came in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Serbia back in September 2013.




GORDON GREER AND JAMIE MURPHY - SCOTLAND

Albion club captain Gordon Greer was named in both of Gordon Strachan’s squads for the friendly away at Czech Republic on Thursday and tonight’s match with Denmark at Hampden Park.

Ikechi Anya scored the only goal after ten minutes in Prague to secure a 1-0 win for Scotland, with Greer an unused substitute.

Murphy has been selected for the 19-man squad to face Denmark and will be aiming to make his senior debut for the Tartan Army tonight.


BERAM KAYAL AND TOMER HEMED - ISRAEL

Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal both featured for Eli Guttman’s side in a friendly with Croatia on Wednesday.

Kayal played the first 83 minutes of the match in Osijek, while Hemed came on as a 76th minute substitute.

Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic scored the goals in a 2-0 win for Ante Cacic’s side.


JIRI SKALAK - CZECH REPUBLIC

Jiri Skalak came on as a half-time substitute in the 1-0 defeat against Scotland on Thursday.

It was the 24-year-old’s sixth cap for his country and will be hoping to add to this tally when Pavel Vrba’s side face Sweden in Stockholm tonight.
 

NIKI MAENPAA - FINLAND

Goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa was an unused substitute in the side’s 5-0 defeat to Poland on Saturday.

Goals from Kamil Grosicki (2), Pawel Wszolek (2) and Filip Starzynski secured an emphatic win for the hosts in Wroclaw.

Maenpaa and the Finland squad are now preparing for a match against Norway in Oslo tomorrow night.

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CHRISTIAN WALTON AND JAMES WILSON - ENGLAND U21S


James Wilson was an unused substitute in England’s 1-1 draw in a Euro 2017 qualifier away at Switzerland on Saturday. Christian Walton did not make the final 18-man squad for the game.

Chuba Akpom gave Gareth Southgate’s side the lead, before Florian Kamberi scored a second-half equaliser.

The Three Lions ended the match with ten men after Jordan Ibe was sent off with a second yellow card in stoppage time.



GLEN REA – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U21S

Glen Rea played the full 90 minutes in the Republic of Ireland under-21s’ 4-1 defeat at home to Italy in a Euro 2017 qualifier on Thursday.

Jack Byrne’s deflected free-kick off Rolando Mandragora to give Noel King’s side the lead, before goals from Marco Benassi, Valerio Rosseti, Alessio Romagnoli and a Darragh Lenihan own goal gave the visitors a comfortable victory.

Rea did not feature in the match in Slovenia last night, after being ruled out through suspension.

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BURNLEY

SATURDAY 2ND APRIL, KICK-OFF 12.30PM


ALBION V FULHAM

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V QPR

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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