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11 October 2013

Fer latest City star to be rewarded with international duty

LEROY Fer became the latest Norwich City star to be called up for international duty after being brought into the Netherlands’ squad for their final 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Hungary (11th) and Turkey (15th).

The central midfielder has been selected as the replacement for injured duo Stijn Schaars and Jonathan de Guzman, and could earn his third cap for Louis van Gaal’s side.

It’s Fer’s reward for a string of impressive displays for the Canaries which culminated in him winning the Anglian Home Player of the Month award for September.

Elsewhere, John Ruddy will join up with England’s squad for their decisive home qualifiers against Montenegro (11th) and Poland (15th), although Roy Hodgson has reaffirmed his faith in Joe Hart as his no.1 goalkeeper.

Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan are both options for Republic of Ireland caretaker manager Noel King as they face a tough trip to Cologne to face Germany (11th) before welcoming Kazakhstan to the Aviva Stadium (15th).

They require an unlikely mathematical swing to qualify from Group C with just two games remaining.

Group rivals Sweden have selected City pair Martin Olsson and Johan Elmander as they look to cement their spot in the play-off position by beating either Austria (11th) or Germany (15th).

Scotland welcome Croatia to Hampden Park for their final Group A qualifier (15th), with Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass available for selection.

Steven Whittaker misses one international game through suspension so wasn’t selected in Gordon Strachan’s squad.

Alexander Tettey’s good recent form sees him recalled for Norway for their World Cup qualifiers double-header – they make the trip to Maribor to face Slovenia (11th) before welcoming Iceland to Oslo (15th). Those three teams are competing with Albania for the single play-off spot in Group E.

Norwich City’s youngsters are flying the flag too, with Nathan Redmond set for action for England Under-21s against Lithuania (15th) after Thursday 4-0 defeat of San Marino, while three of the Canaries’ Under-21 squad have been selected for Noel Blake’s Under-19s.

Josh Murphy, Carlton Morris and Harry Toffolo are in Slovenia for their European Under-19s Championship qualifiers. After drawing 1-1 with the hosts on Thursday, they now face Andorra (12th) and Switzerland (15th).

Central defender Kyle Callan-McFadden is in Republic of Ireland’s Under-19s squad for their triple-header against Azerbaijan, a game they won 2-0, Sweden (12th) and Bosnia & Herzegovina (15th) too, while skipper Cameron McGeehan could represent Northern Ireland in their clashes against France (12th) or Iceland (15th) and skippering them in their 2-0 defeat against Belgium on Thursday.

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