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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP: ROBERTS WINS SYRENKA CUP

12 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Haydon Roberts wheels away in celebration.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-18 defender Haydon Roberts helped England’s under-17s win the Syrenka Cup in Poland over the international break, while a number of others featured for their respective nations.

The 16-year-old played 70 minutes of England’s group stage victory against Norway, as the Young Lions sealed an emphatic 6-0 victory to set up a semi-final against Portugal.

Roberts played the full 90 minutes of their 2-1 win over Portugal, before featuring for 50 minutes in the Syrenka Cup final, which saw England claim a high-scoring 6-2 win against Belgium.

The international success added to the defender’s exciting start to the season, which has already seen Roberts make three appearances in the Premier League 2 Division 1 for Albion’s under-23 side.

Roberts also headed his first goal at under-23 level towards the end of August, as the youngster helped the Seagulls claim a clean sheet in their eye-catching 5-0 win against Manchester City.

Elsewhere, Alireza Jahanbakhsh played 45 minutes for Iran in their 1-0 win against Uzbekistan, while Tomer Hemed started for Israel at Window Park, but his nation suffered a 3-0 defeat against Northern Ireland.

Shane Duffy was an unused substitute for the Republic of Ireland against Poland on Tuesday evening, which means the defender remains just one appearance off equalling an international record with the Seagulls.

Gerry Ryan and Steve Penney earned 17 caps for their respective countries during their time with the club, and Duffy sits just one behind on 16 ahead of next month’s games in the UEFA Nations League.

Aaron Connolly continued his fine start to the campaign with another goal for the Republic of Ireland’s under-19s against Wales, however the striker also had a penalty saved in his nation’s 2-0 victory in Galway.

Anders Dreyer played 82 minutes for Denmark’s under-21s on Tuesday, and the winger’s nation claimed a 2-0 victory against Lithuania, as they continued their qualifying campaign for the 2019 European Championships.

Hugo Keto played his second game of the international break, but was on the losing side as Poland won 3-1 against Finland’s under-21s in Helsinki.


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