International Youth

Tuesday 3 September 2013 09:00

Nine of our youngsters have been called up for international action this week at both Under-21 and Under-19 level.

Pajtim Kasami will play for Switzerland U21s as they take on Latvia in a European Championship Qualifying match on Thursday. Kasami has caught the eye of late by breaking into the First Team and scoring his first Fulham goal against Sunderland, but will have ambitions of helping his country this week as the Swiss begin their Qualifying campaign against a side who beat Liechtenstein 4-0 in their Group Five opener.

Kerim Frei is also in action as Turkey U21s take on Malta in Group Seven. The winger has been involved with the Turkish senior squad in recent months and didn’t feature as the U21s were beaten 3-1 by Poland in their opener so will hope to make a big impression to help his side’s chances of progression.

Centre-back Jack Grimmer has been handed a call-up to the Scotland U21 squad when they face off against the Netherlands. The Scots beat Luxembourg 3-0 to start their campaign perfectly and sit in second position as they come up against the highly-rated Dutch in Group Three.

Denmark’s U21s will be hopeful of a big win against Andorra at the Aalborg Stadium on Friday and have versatile midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen in the squad. They began with a 1-0 win over Estonia in Group Two and will hope to close the gap and increase their goal difference at the top of the table.

Goalkeeper Jesse Joronen could play as Finland U21s look to keep up their good form against Lithuania in another European Championship Qualifier. Finland won 5-1 against Wales but have drawn their other game to sit behind the night’s opposition, who have played a match more, in second place.

Muamer Tankovic has been called up to the Sweden U19 squad to face Norway and Denmark on Sunday and Tuesday respectively. The striker netted two goals in the U21s' 4-4 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night and will get a chance to impress with two games in two days.

Meanwhile, Dean O’Halloran and Noe Baba have been selected to represent the Republic of Ireland U19s for a double header of friendly fixtures against Slovenia. The Irish will play Slovenia on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5rd September after they lost narrowly to Norway in a similar double fixture, 2-1 and 1-0, a few weeks ago.

Last but not least, defender Cameron Burgess has been selected to represent Scotland U19s in their International Challenge match against Iceland at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling on Tuesday 3rd September.