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3 September 2018

Shane Duffy on international duty.

After four Premier League matches, the first international break of the season is upon us, and a number of Brighton & Hove Albion players have been included in the squads of their respective nations for upcoming matches.

A number of European countries will compete in the newly-formed UEFA Nations League for the very-first time in September, and four Albion players are in line to feature while away on international duty.

Shane Duffy will come up against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday 6th September, as the Republic of Ireland open their League B Group 4 campaign, kick-off 7.45pm.

Ireland will then play a friendly match against Poland at the Wroclaw Stadium on Tuesday 11th September, kick-off 7.45pm (UK time) - before Duffy returns for Premier League duty with the Seagulls.

Davy Propper begins his international duty with a friendly against Peru at the Amsterdam Arena on Thursday 6th September, kick-off 7.45pm, before the Netherlands begin their UEFA Nations League campaign.

Ronald Koeman’s side play the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners - France - at the Stade de France on Sunday 9th September - kick-off 7.45pm, with Germany the other team making up League A Group 1.

Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal are the remaining Albion players to be featuring in the UEFA Nations League over the international break, with Israel coming up against Albania at the Elbasan Arena on Friday 7th September, kick-off 7.45pm.

Israel then play a friendly match against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Tuesday 11th September, kick-off 7.45pm.

Summer signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh will attend a training camp with Iran, before playing two friendly matches - one of which will take place on either Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th September against a team yet to be decided.

Jahanbakhsh’s nation will then travel to Tashkent on Tuesday 11th September to play against Uzbekistan at the Bunyodkor Arena, kick-off 4pm.

Gaetan Bong will make his return for Cameroon after a long period away from playing for the national team, following Clarence Seedorf's appointment as manager.

Cameroon travel to Comoros on Saturday 8th September, kick-off 1pm, as Bong's country look to strengthen their chances of qualifying for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Leon Balogun will also feature for his country in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations, as the defender links up with his Nigerian team-mates for the first time since the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria travel to the Seychelles on Saturday 8th September, kick-off 1.30pm, and the central defender will be looking to add to his 20 international caps for the Super Eagles.

Yves Bissouma will travel to South Sudan with Mali for their African Cup of Nations qualifier, which takes place on Sunday 9th September, kick-off 2pm.

The midfielder’s nation sealed a 2-1 victory over Gabon to take three points from their opening group game, and Bissouma will now look to add to his ten international caps against Sunday’s opponents.

Albion number one Mathew Ryan has been chosen as part of a 29-man squad that will travel to Turkey for a training camp between Monday 3rd September and Tuesday 11th September.

The Socceroos shot-stopper will join-up with Graham Arnold’s team, as the new Australia Head Coach takes his first training camp after replacing Bert van Marwijk.

Percy Tau, who's currently out on loan at Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, has been included in South Africa’s squad for their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya.

The forward will spend a week with his international team-mates, with their Group E match taking place on Saturday 8th September, kick-off 2pm.

Jose Izquierdo was selected by Colombia for their friendlies against Venezuela and Argentina, however the Albion winger has withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Under-23 inclusion:

Aaron Connolly
will join up with Republic of Ireland's under-19s for two friendlies against Wales on Sunday 9th September and Tuesday 11th September.

Hugo Keto has been included in Finland’s under-21 squad that will play UEFA qualifying fixtures against Denmark and Poland on Friday 7th September and Tuesday 11th September respectively.

Summer arrival Anders Dreyer could come up against his team-mate Keto, after being included in Denmark’s under-21 squad to face Finland, before the Albion winger’s nation play Lithuania on Tuesday 11th September at the Gargzdai Stadium.

Stefan Ljubicic also has two under-21 UEFA qualifiers for Iceland, as the Albion striker’s nation play Estonia on Thursday 6th September, before coming up against Slovakia on Tuesday 11th September.

Peter Gwargis, who joined the club last month, has been included in Sweden’s under-18 squad that will play in the Four Nations tournament between Thursday 6th September and Tuesday 11th September.

Defender Leo Ostigard has been announced in Norway's under-21 squad for their European qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday 11th September, kick-off 5pm.

Under-18 players Haydon Roberts and Lorent Tolaj have been called up for England's under-17s and Switzerland's under-18s respectively - Roberts will take part in the Syrenka Cup in Poland, while Tolaj takes part in a training camp.

Ben Hall, who is currently out on loan at Notts County, was selected to represent Northern Ireland's under-21s in games against Luxembourg and Spain, however the defender has pulled out of the squad due to injury.

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