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PREVIEW: CANARIES ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY

9 November 2015

Euro 2016 aspirations for four City representatives

A total of nine Norwich City players have been called up to represent their countries over the course of the November international break. 

Four of those are vying for qualification for Euro 2016 via the play-offs, while a further three have their attentions set on fledgling 2018 World Cup campaigns.

On Thursday, November 12, Alex Tettey's Norway will face Hungary in the first leg of their Euro play-offs in Oslo (7:45pm).

The return leg will take place on Sunday, November 15 (7:45pm), with the winner progressing to next year's Finals in France.

  

Also hoping to reach the tournament are Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland, who are set for a daunting test away to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday, November 13 (7:45pm).

They will then host their opponents on Monday, November 16 (7:45pm), with their most recent home match ending in a famous 1-0 success over world champions Germany



The Final Euro hopeful to be involved is Martin Olsson, who is set to line up for Sweden against Scandinavian rivals Denmark in Stockholm on Saturday, November 14 (7:45pm).

Sweden will then travel to Denmark on Tuesday, November 17 (7:45pm) for the second leg to determine who reaches next summer's tournament.

Looking further ahead, the Canaries' African contingent begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign during the current international break.

In advance of the group stages of qualifying, Cameroon and DR Congo face two-legged play-offs against Niger and Burundi respectively. 

Sebastien Bassong's Cameroon will visit Niger on Friday, November 13 (3pm) before hosting the return leg on Tuesday, November 17 (2pm).

Meanwhile, Dieumerci Mbokani and Youssouf Mulumbu have both been named in DR Congo's squad.

The pair could be included in the game away to Burundi on Thursday, November 12 (1:30pm), with the return leg scheduled for Sunday, November 15 (2:30pm). 



Finally, Kyle Lafferty's Northern Ireland will host Latvia in a friendly on Friday, November 13 (7:45pm).

Michael O'Neill's men have already secured their place at Euro 2016 after a superb qualifying campaign, with Lafferty leading the way by netting seven goals.



Nathan Redmond was initially selected for England Under-21s' squad but has since been withdrawn after missing City's 1-0 win over Swansea.  



Louis Thompson has been included in Wales Under-21s' squad for their two upcoming UEFA Championship qualifiers.

Geraint Williams' youngsters host Armenia on Friday, November 13 (2pm) before another home match against Romania on Tuesday, November 17 (6pm).



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