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ALBION INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

6 October 2016

A host of Albion players are away with their countries.


While Brighton & Hove Albion take a break from league action this week, a host of first-team players are away with their countries for the next set of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
 
Here is a round-up of Albion’s players who will be targeting some game time for their countries in the coming days.



CHRISTIAN WALTON

The Luton Town loanee was a late inclusion in the England under-21 squad for their forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side are in action today against Kazakhstan in Aktobe, kick-off 4pm, before hosting Bosnia and Herzegovina in Walsall on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

Walton has replaced Jordan Pickford in the squad after the Sunderland goalkeeper was forced to withdraw due to injury. The 20-year-old will now battle it out with Derby’s Jonathan Mitchell and Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman for a starting berth in the two games.

Both matches will be shown live on BT Sport 1.




SHANE DUFFY

Albion’s summer signing has linked up with the Republic of Ireland squad once again, after missing their 2-2 draw with Serbia last month due to suspension.

Duffy will be targeting game time tonight when Martin O’Neill’s side host Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, ahead of another qualifier against Moldova in Chisinau on Sunday.

The Georgia and Moldova matches will be shown live on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 1 respectively.




TOMER HEMED

The striker will be the sole Brighton & Hove Albion representative in the Israel squad, after compatriot and team-mate Beram Kayal was ruled out due to injury.

Elisha Levy’s side are aiming to get their first points in their World Cup qualifying group tonight, when they face Macedonia at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, 7.45pm kick-off.

Hemed and his team-mates host Liechtenstein in Jerusalem the following Sunday, kick-off 5pm.

You can see how the Seagulls frontman gets on by using the match choice option on the Sky Sports Red Button.

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NIKI MAENPAA

The Finnish shot stopper is part of Hans Backe’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers away at Iceland tonight and at home to Croatia on Sunday, kicking off at 7.45pm and 5pm respectively.

The goalkeeper was an unused substitute in Finland’s opening qualifying match on Monday 5th September, where they were held to a 1-1 draw by Kosovo in Turku.

You can see if Maenpaa gets some game time by using the match choice option on the Sky Sports Red Button.




OLIVER NORWOOD

The Albion midfielder will be aiming to add to his 39 caps when Northern Ireland host San Marino in Belfast on Saturday, kick-off 7.45pm.

Michael O’Neill’s men then face World champions Germany in Hannover the following Tuesday.

The 25-year-old has been a mainstay in Michael O’Neill’s squad in recent months, after appearing in all four of the country’s matches at Euro 2016 and in their opening World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic last month.

The two games can be viewed on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 1 respectively.




JIRI SKALAK

The Czech winger will be looking to add to his 13 caps ahead of his country’s matches away at World champions Germany on Saturday and at home to Azerbaijan on Tuesday; both kick off at 7.45pm.

The 24-year-old played 77 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland last month, which saw him come face-to-face with Albion team-mate Oliver Norwood.

Saturday’s match with Germany will be shown live on Sky Sports Mix, while Tuesday’s game can be viewed by using the match choice option on the Sky Sports Red Button.


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