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PLAY-OFFS AWAIT FOR ALBION'S WORLD CUP HOPEFULS

9 November 2017

Oliver Norwood, Mathew Ryan and Shane Duffy.

With the international break upon us, three Brighton & Hove Albion players will be looking to seal their nation’s spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, as they feature in play-off games for their respective countries.

Mathew Ryan, Shane Duffy and Oliver Norwood all stand two games away from reaching next summer’s finals, while Davy Propper joins up with his Netherlands team-mates for two international friendlies.

Mathew Ryan

Albion’s Australian shot-stopper will come up against Honduras, after the North American side pipped the United States to an intercontinental play-off spot.

The Socceroos sealed their place in the two-legged affair after coming from behind to beat Syria 3-2 on aggregate, after finishing behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in the group stages.

Ryan and his team-mates will travel to Honduras for the first leg on Friday evening, kick-off 10pm, before playing the second leg in Sydney next Wednesday, kick-off 9am.

Shane Duffy

The Albion defender gave a man-of-the-match performance in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Wales last month, which secured them second spot in Group D and a World Cup play-off spot.

Ireland haven't reached a World Cup finals since 2002, and Martin O’Neill’s men will have to overcome Denmark over two legs to seal another venture at football’s most-prestigious tournament.

Duffy and his team-mates will travel to Denmark for the first leg on Saturday evening, before welcoming the Scandinavian side to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next Tuesday, with both games kicking off at 7.45pm.

Oliver Norwood

The central midfielder, who is currently out on loan at Championship side Fulham, featured in all ten of Northern Ireland’s group stage games, as they finished second behind Germany in Group C.

Michael O’Neill’s team will be looking to secure the nation’s participation in next summer’s World Cup, as they look to qualify for only the fourth time in history, with their last outing coming in 1986.

Norwood and his team-mates welcome Switzerland to Windsor Park this evening, kick-off 7.45pm, before travelling to Basel for the second leg on Sunday, kick-off 5pm.

Davy Propper

After finishing third in Group A behind France and Sweden, the Netherlands can no longer reach next summer’s tournament in Russia, but Propper’s nation have two friendlies away from home in the coming week.

Scotland are the opposition at Pittodrie this evening, kick-off 7.45pm, before Propper travels with his team-mates to Romania next Tuesday, with that match kicking off at 7pm.

Good luck to all of Albion’s players on international duty over the coming week!


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