Eleven Saints earn international calls

By SFC Media Fri 31 Aug International
Photo by Getty Images | Mohamed Elyounoussi

Eleven Southampton players have been called up to represent their countries over the forthcoming international week.

The first international break of the season includes the start of the UEFA Nations League, as well as a host of friendly matches across the world.

Mohamed Elyounoussi (Norway): Elyounoussi has been included in the Norway squad, along with cousin Tarik, for the Nations League matches against Bulgaria and Cyprus, where he will hope to add to his 16 caps.

Stuart Armstrong (Scotland): Still new to the international scene having made his Scotland debut last year, Armstrong has been called up by Alex McLeish to face World Cup semi-finalists Belgium in a friendly, followed by Albania in the Nations League, with both games at Hampden Park.

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland): Skipper Davis, who hit a century of caps in the World Cup qualification play-off against Switzerland, will hope to feature for the first time in ten months in the home games against Bosnia-Herzegovina (Nations League) and Israel (friendly).

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland):
The most-capped member of Martin O’Neill’s squad, Long faces testing fixtures against Wales and Poland. Both away from home, Ireland travel to Cardiff for a Nations League clash and Wroclaw for a friendly.

Jan Bednarek (Poland): Long could be a direct opponent for Saints teammate Bednarek, who keeps his place after featuring in all three of Poland’s matches at the World Cup. The Poles kick-off their Nations League campaign with a tricky trip to Italy before hosting Long’s Ireland.

Alex McCarthy (England): Saints' 2017/18 Player of the Year has been rewarded with his third England call-up and his first since joining the club in 2016. McCarthy will hope to win his first cap in the games against Spain at Wembley (Nations League) and Switzerland at Leicester's King Power Stadium (friendly).

Angus Gunn (England Under-21s): It's been a good week for Gunn, who followed up a clean sheet on his Saints debut in the Carabao Cup win at Brighton with more international recognition. The goalkeeper will return to former home Carrow Road to face Netherlands before a trip to Latvia as the young Lions' European Championship qualifying campaign continues.

Jannik Vestergaard (Denmark): Vestergaard's first international involvement since going to the World Cup will be a friendly against Slovakia in Trnava, before hosting Wales in Denmark's Nations League opener in Aarhus.

Cédric (Portugal): Portugal have two high-profile home games to look forward to. Cédric will hope to feature in the friendly against World Cup finalists Croatia, before they host Italy in Nations League action four days later.

Mario Lemina (Gabon): Gabon host Burundi in a qualifier for next summer's Africa Cup of Nations tournament, before facing Zambia in a friendly. Both fixtures are due to take place in the national stadium in the capital city of Libreville.

Jake Vokins (England Under-19s): The promising left-back has been an ever-present for Saints' Under-23s so far this season. Vokins will be in action when England host Netherlands at St George's Park, before travelling to Belgium.

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