International preview: 18 Canaries to represent their nations

Eighteen Norwich City players have been called up to represent their nations across the upcoming October international break.

The majority of them are taking part in World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tim Krul (Netherlands) and Ozan Kabak (Turkey) on Friday, October 8.

Netherlands face Latvia on Friday and Gibraltar on Monday as they look to maintain their lead at the top of Group G.

Turkey are currently just two points behind and will be looking for positive results against Norway on Friday and Latvia on Monday to qualify for the World Cup in 2022.

Teemu Pukki is set to lead the line for Finland as they host Ukraine on Saturday before travelling to Kazakhstan for Tuesday’s 3pm kick-off, battling for precious points in a congested Group D.

Greece have two matches away from home - Georgia on Saturday and Sweden on Tuesday - with City duo Dimitris Giannoulis and Christos Tzolis both in contention to feature. A win against Sweden could go a long way towards ensuring progress from Group B.

As for Norwich’s Scottish contingent, the trio of Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean and Billy Gilmour could be involved against Israel on Saturday and away to the Faroe Islands on Tuesday. Scotland are currently second in Group F, one point ahead of Israel.

Milot Rashica could also be in World Cup qualifying action with Kosovo, who travel to Sweden and host Georgia across the international break. Kosovo are fourth in Group B.

Poland host San Marino and travel to Albania, with Przemyslaw Placheta called up for the Group I fixtures. Albania are just one point ahead of Poland prior to the international break.

In Group A, Danel Sinani, on loan at Huddersfield Town, was called up to Luxembourg’s squad for their games against Serbia and Portugal. Luxembourg are currently third with six points from four games.

Republic of Ireland are below them, Andrew Omobamidele and Adam Idah looking for a win in Saturday’s qualifier at Azerbaijan before Tuesday’s friendly at home to Qatar.

Cuba also have one friendly match against Nicaragua on Sunday, with City loanee Onel Hernandez call up to the side.

A few City players could feature for Under-21s teams, Max Aarons called up to the England U21s setup and Brandon Williams on standby. The Young Lions face Slovenia U21s and Andorra U21s in the UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying stage.

Goalkeeper Daniel Barden, on loan at Livingston, could feature for Wales U21s in their qualifiers against Moldova U21s and Netherlands U21s.

Republic of Ireland U21s face Luxembourg U21s and Montenegro U21s, goalkeeper Sam Blair (who is on loan at Bury Town) called into the squad for the double header.

At Under-19s level, academy goalkeeper Dylan Berry is in the Northern Ireland U19s squad for their Under-19 Euro qualifiers against Denmark U19s on Wednesday, Czech Republic U19s on Saturday and Kazakhstan U19s on Tuesday.


Wednesday, October 6

Northern Ireland U19s v Denmark U19s (2pm) - Dylan Berry

Thursday, October 7

Slovenia U21s v England U21s (7.15pm) - Max Aarons

Friday, October 8

Moldova U21s v Wales U21s (4pm) - Daniel Barden

Republic of Ireland U21s v Luxembourg U21s (5.15pm) - Sam Blair

Latvia v Netherlands (7.45pm) - Tim Krul

Turkey v Norway (7.45pm) - Ozan Kabak

Saturday, October 9

Czech Republic U19s v Northern Ireland U19s (2pm) - Dylan Berry

Finland v Ukraine (5pm) - Teemu Pukki

Georgia v Greece (5pm) - Dimitris Giannoulis, Christos Tzolis

Azerbaijan v Republic of Ireland (5pm) - Andrew Omobamidele, Adam Idah

Scotland v Israel (5pm) - Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean, Billy Gilmour

Sweden v Kosovo (5pm) - Milot Rashica

Poland v San Marino (7.45pm) - Przemyslaw Placheta

Luxembourg v Serbia (7.45pm) - Danel Sinani

Sunday, October 10

Nicaragua v Cuba (2am) - Onel Hernandez

Monday, October 11

Andorra U21s v England U21s (7pm) - Max Aarons

Netherlands v Gibraltar (7.45pm) - Tim Krul

Latvia v Turkey (7.45pm) - Ozan Kabak

Tuesday, October 12

Kazakhstan U19s v Northern Ireland U19s (2pm) - Dylan Berry

Kazakhstan v Finland (3pm) - Teemu Pukki

Montenegro U21s v Republic of Ireland U21s (4.30pm) - Sam Blair

Netherlands U21s v Wales U21s (7pm) - Daniel Barden

Republic of Ireland v Qatar (7.45pm) - Andrew Omobamidele, Adam Idah

Albania v Poland (7.45pm) - Przemyslaw Placheta

Sweden v Greece (7.45pm) - Dimitris Giannoulis, Christos Tzolis

Faroe Islands v Scotland (7.45pm) - Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean, Billy Gilmour

Kosovo v Georgia (7.45pm) - Milot Rashica

Portugal v Luxembourg (7.45pm) - Danel Sinani

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