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Eight senior City players on international duty

7 October 2019

Eight members of the Norwich City first team squad are in contention to play for their countries over the international break.

The action starts with the UEFA Euro qualifiers on Thursday, October 10 for the Canaries, as Scotland visit Russia while Northern Ireland are in the Netherlands. Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean could feature for the Scots, while Michael McGovern is the only City player representing Northern Ireland after Jamal Lewis was forced to withdraw with a knee injury. Both games kick-off at 7.45pm.

Kicking off 20 minutes later, Adam Idah could feature for Republic of Ireland Under-21s as they host Italy U21s in the UEFA Euro U21s qualifiers.

Onto Friday night, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell have once again both been called up to the England U21s squad. They play an international friendly away to Slovenia U21s just before the weekend.

A handful of Norwich players could be in action over the weekend too, with Teemu Pukki available for Finland’s clash against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday evening. At the same time (5pm), fellow City striker Josip Drmic is in contention to play for Switzerland against Denmark.

On Sunday, Hanley and McLean will be back on home soil for Scotland to welcome San Marino to Hampden Park, the visitors currently the only team with less points than Scotland in Group I.

Next week starts with Northern Ireland and McGovern making the trip to Czech Republic for an international friendly on Monday (6pm), while the rest of the action all takes place on Tuesday.

Pukki’s Finland could have a lot riding on their game at home to Armenia who, at the time of writing, are just three points below the former in Group J. Looks to be a real six-pointer at the top of that table.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Drmic could feature for Switzerland in their qualifier with Ireland, and it’s another potentially significant game. Ireland are currently top of Group D and while Switzerland are three points below in third, they do have a game in hand.

The young Lions will be back in action on Tuesday night, with Aarons and Cantwell again available for England U21s UEFA Euro U21s qualifier home to Austria U21s. The two nations have both won their opening games in Group C.

Finally, that just leaves Idah and his Republic of Ireland U21s fixture away to Iceland U21s. Republic of Ireland are currently top of Group A with maximum points, but Iceland are just below them and with a game in hand, so all to play for.

Schedule of international callups in full:

Thursday, October 10
Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean (Russia v SCOTLAND 7.45pm)
Michael McGovern (Netherlands v NORTHERN IRELAND 7.45pm)
Adam Idah (REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U21s v Italy U21s 8.05pm)

Friday, October 11
Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell (Slovenia U21s v ENGLAND U21s KO TBC)

Saturday, October 12
Teemu Pukki (Bosnia & Herzegovina v FINLAND 5pm)
Josip Drmic (Denmark v SWITZERLAND 5pm)

Sunday, October 13
Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean (SCOTLAND v San Marino 5pm)

Monday, October 14
Michael McGovern (Czech Republic v NORTHERN IRELAND 6pm)

Tuesday, October 15
Adam Idah (Iceland U21s v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U21s 4pm)
Teemu Pukki (FINLAND v Armenia 5pm)
Josip Drmic (SWITZERLAND v Ireland 7.45pm)
Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell (ENGLAND U21s v Austria U21s 7.45pm)

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