International Whites

Wednesday 10 October 2018 11:00

Marcus Bettinelli will be hoping to go one better than his England call-up and earn his first cap for the Three Lions. The stopper could feature in England’s away matches against Croatia and Spain in the UEFA Nations League, in which they lost their opener against Spain.

There are also other involvements in the England set-up as Ryan Sessegnon, Steven Sessegnon, Luca Ashby-Hammond, Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott will be representing their age groups.

Sessegnon’s Under-21s face Andorra and Scotland in Group 4 of the European Championship Qualifying stages as they sit comfortably top of the group, with a six-point margin over Ukraine in second. His brother Steven, has two friendlies against Portugal and Macedonia on the horizon for the Under-19s.

Similarly, Ashby-Hammond has in-camp fixtures at St. George’s Park against Sweden and Czech Republic. Carvalho and Elliott will both represent the Under-17s in the International Youth Tournament against Russia, America and Brazil.

Staying in Europe, and with the UEFA Nations Tournament, Cyrus Christie, Stefan Johansen, Kevin McDonald and Aleksandar Mitrovic will all be featuring.

Christie’s Republic of Ireland will play Denmark and Wales in League C of the three team group stages. Denmark lead the way in pole position to advance to the next tier. Kevin McDonald has the differing task of Israel and Portugal in Scotland’s game in the UEFA Nations League and a friendly match. Scotland sit top of their pool which also includes Albania.

Mitrovic has a top of the table clash in the larger four pool group of League C against Montenegro, then against Romania. Johansen has two home games for his group against Bulgaria and Slovenia.

The African Cup of Nations Qualifiers will be an active period for our boys, as Floyd Ayite, Neeskens Kebano, Ibrahima Cisse, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Jean Michaël Seri are all involved. Each team will play their opponents home and away in this set of International fixtures.

Cisse’s Guinea and Seri’s Ivory Coast will face off against Rwanda and Central Africa respectively in Group H. Guinea currently top the group with Ivory Coast occupying second spot.

Anguissa will be hoping to solidify Cameroon’s spot at the top of Group B against Malawi.

Ayite’s Togo sit bottom of Group D as Algeria and Benin occupy the qualifying spots. The will face Gambia in a must win clash. In a winner takes all game, Kebano plays Zimbabwe in what could see Congo through as qualified, should results go their way.