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International Preview: Lewis set for Northern Ireland debut

19 March 2018

A number of Norwich City players are in action for their respective countries over the next ten days.

It could be another landmark moment in the career of Jamal Lewis with the City full-back in line for his Northern Ireland debut in their friendly with South Korea on Saturday (2pm).

Lewis earned his maiden call-up last week after a breakthrough season in Daniel Farke’s first-team and he could make his bow on the international stage at Windsor Park this weekend.

Michael McGovern could also feature for Michael O’Neill’s side as they bid to start 2018 on a positive note after narrowly missing out on qualification for the World Cup at the end of last year.

Angus Gunn and James Maddison will look to help England Under-21s continue their good form in 2019 UEFA European Championship qualifying with their next qualifier set to take place on March 27.

Aidy Boothroyd’s squad take on Romania on Saturday (5.15pm) in a friendly before hosting Ukraine in their sixth of ten qualifiers on Tuesday, March 27 (6pm).

The Young Lions are currently top of the group with a five-point buffer to the Netherlands in second place.

Alex McLeish will lead of Scotland for the first time in his second spell in charge at Hampden Park this week with the Tartan Army set for two friendlies against Costa Rica (March 23, 7.45pm) and Hungary (March 27, 7pm).

Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean could add to their Scotland appearance tallies but Russell Martin won’t be getting his 30th cap this week after withdrawing from the squad through injury.

Wales will travel to China this week to contest the China Cup, beginning against the hosts on Thursday (11.35am).

Ryan Giggs’ side will either face Uruguay or Czech Republic on the following Monday, with Marley Watkins aiming to impress the new Welsh Head Coach with a good showing.

Ebou Adams earned his second call-up to the Gambian national team last week and he’s in contention to play in their friendly against the Central African Republic on Saturday (5pm).

Marcus Edwards has been included in the England Under-20s squad for their matches against Poland (Thursday, 5pm) and Portugal (Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm).

And Adam Idah’s Republic of Ireland Under-17s will hope to qualify for the UEFA Under-17 European Championships with strong displays in their Elite Round matches this week.

They take on Macedonia on Wednesday (4.30pm), Georgia on Saturday (4.30pm) and Poland on Tuesday, March 24 (3pm).


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