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ALBION INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

29 August 2017

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Shane Duffy

A number of Brighton & Hove Albion players have joined up with their respective national teams ahead of the next round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

After three Premier League fixtures, Albion’s players will now turn their attentions to securing victories on the international stage, and here are the players and games to look out for.

Mathew Ryan

Mathew Ryan

Australia’s qualifying campaign comes to an end with two games against Japan and Thailand, with Ryan’s team currently occupying third spot in Group B.

Albion’s number one travels to the Saitama Stadium on Thursday, where the Socceroos will look to get their first win in Japan since 1969, with the match kicking off at 11.35am (UK time).

Ryan’s team will then conclude their qualifying schedule with a home fixture against Thailand at AAMI Park in Melbourne next Tuesday, kick-off 11am.

To automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Socceroos must finish in the top two of Group B, or face the prospect of three play-off fixtures to secure their place in next year’s finals.

 

Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy

Republic of Ireland will look to continue their positive start to their qualifying campaign with games against Georgia and Serbia.

Martin O’Neill’s team are undefeated in Group D and travel to the Boris Paichadze Stadium in search of their fourth victory against Georgia, with the game kicking off at 5pm.

The central defender will then come up against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm, before returning back to England for Brighton’s Premier League fixture against West Bromwich Albion.

Oliver Norwood

Oliver Norwood

Northern Ireland come up against bottom-placed San Marino at Olympic di Serravalle on Friday evening, kick-off 7.45pm, and Norwood will be looking to help his team strengthen their second-placed position in Group C.

The Albion central midfielder, who is currently on loan at Fulham, will then travel back to Belfast to play Czech Republic at Windsor Park on Monday 4th September, kick-off 7.45pm.

 

Davy Propper

Davy Propper

Albion’s Dutch summer signing has linked up with the squad ahead of a match against France in the Stade de France on Thursday evening, kick-off 7.45.

A victory would take Dick Advocaat’s side level on points with the French in Group A.

The Netherlands are currently third with four games remaining, and after their trip to the French capital, Propper’s team return home to face Bulgaria at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday 3rd September, kick 5pm.

 

Tomer Hemed

Tomer Hemed

Israel will look to close the gap on the top two teams in Group G, when they welcome Macedonia to Ramat Gan on Saturday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

Hemed’s team will then play second-placed Italy away from home on Tuesday 5th September, kick-off 7.45pm, as they look to leave themselves better placed for qualification going into the final two fixtures.

Henrik Bjordal

Henrik Bjordal

The under-23 forward has been called up to Norway’s under-21 squad for their 2019 European qualifying games against Norway and Israel.

The Norwegian will travel with his team-mates to Kosovo on Friday, before welcoming Israel to Drammen on Tuesday 5th September, with both fixtures kicking off at 6pm.

Ben Hall

Ben Hall

The 20-year-old defender is also in qualifying action for the 2019 European Championships, after being called up to the Northern Ireland squad for games against Albania and Slovakia.

Ireland welcome Albania to Mourneview Park on Thursday evening, before they travel to Slovakia on Tuesday 5th September, with both matches kicking off at 7.30pm.

Ales Mateju


Ales Mateju

The 21-year-old defender has been named in the Czech Republic under-21 squad for their upcoming 2019 UEFA European qualifier against Belarus.

The match takes place on Tuesday 5th September, kick-off 5pm in Jablonec nad Nisou.


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