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ALBION INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

2 September 2016

A summary of where and when Albion's players are in action.


While Brighton & Hove Albion take a break from league action this week, a host of first-team players are away with their countries gearing up for the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
 
Two of Albion’s players have already been involved in international friendlies this week, ahead of this weekend’s action.
 
Here is a round-up of Albion’s players who will be targeting some game time for their countries in the coming days.



BERAM KAYAL AND TOMER HEMED
 
The Israeli duo have linked up with Eli Guttman’s squad for their first World Cup qualifier against the four-time world champions Italy, on Monday 5th September.
 
The game will take place at the Haifa International Stadium, and the first for Israel since a 3-1 defeat to Serbia back in May.


 
JIRI SKALAK
 
Albion’s winger played the first half of the Czech Republic’s 3-0 victory over Armenia in Boleslav on Wednesday.
 
Ladislav Krejci broke the deadlock after four minutes, before Vaclav Kadlec’s 30th-minute strike and Jan Kopic’s goal in the 87thminute gave Pavel Vrba’s side a comfortable victory.
 
Skalak could come face-to-face with Oliver Norwood on Sunday, when the Czech Republic meet Northern Ireland in Prague for a World Cup qualifier.

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NIKI MAENPAA - FINLAND
 
Goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa was an unused substitute in the side’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Germany in Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
 
Max Meyer’s strike and Paulus Arajuuri’s own goal gave the world champions all three points in what was Bastian Schweinsteiger’s 121st and final match for Germany.

Maenpaa could still get some game time in the first World Cup qualifier against Kosovo in Turku on Monday 5th September.


OLIVER NORWOOD – NORTHERN IRELAND

 
Norwood heads into Sunday’s potential showdown with Skalak after appearing in all four of Northern Ireland’s games at Euro 2016.

The 25-year-old will be looking to build on his 38 caps, as Michael O’Neill’s side look to qualify for their first World Cup finals since the 1986 tournament in Mexico.

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