October international roll call

By SFC Media time Fri 05 Oct International
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Fourteen Southampton players have been called up to represent their countries over the October international break.

The second instalment of international action this season, the fourteen selected will compete in the UEFA Nations League, African Cup of Nations as well as a host of friendly ties around the globe.

Cédric (Portugal): After opening their UEFA Nations League account with narrow victory over Italy, Cédric’s Portugal travel to the Stadion Slaski to take on Poland, before a friendly meeting with Scotland at Hampden Park.

Stuart Armstrong (Scotland): Armstrong, who also kicked off his UEFA Nations League campaign positively with success over Albania, will be taking on Israel at the Haifa International Stadium, hoping to make it two from two, before a friendly matchup with Cédric’s Portugal.

Jan Bednarek (Poland): Another Saint to meet a teammate, Bednarek faces Portugal, having drawn their first UEFA Nations League meeting with Italy, before again meeting Azzurri, this time at their Chorzow-based home, in the same competition.

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland): Northern Ireland too have back-to-back UEFA Nations League clashes, firstly travelling to Austria’s Ernst-Happel-Stadion, before another away trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, set to be played at the Grbavica Stadium. Captain Davis was on target for his nation in a 3-0 win over Israel last time out.

Moi Elyounoussi (Norway): Elyounoussi faces two home ties, both in Oslo, both in the UEFA Nations League - firstly hosting Slovenia before then entertaining Bulgaria. Moroccan born, the winger immigrated to Norway as a youngster, and his since represented the nation from U17 level through to the senior team.

Angus Gunn (England U21): Saints’ stopper continues his UEFA Qualifying campaign with the Young Lions, with ties scheduled against Andorra and Scotland. England are currently sitting pretty at the top of their group, and are well poised to progress, following a 0-0 draw with second-placed Holland last time out.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark): Victorious over Wales in their opening UEFA Nations League clash, Denmark continue their campaign with another tie against home nations opposition, this time taking on Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Joining fellow Saint Jannik Vestergaard in the squad, Denmark also face Austria in a friendly.

Mario Lemina (Gabon): Lemina’s Gabon face a double dose of African Cup of Nations action, both against South Sudan, home and then away. The eastern African nation will be hopeful of a pair of positive results, which would boost their chances of qualification, having only gained one point from their opening two group stage ties.

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland): Two home ties, both in Dublin, await striker Long, as they look to recover from a 4-1 defeat to Wales last time out, in time to face Denmark in the UEFA Nations League, before then going up against Ryan Giggs’ Wales once again.

Alex McCarthy (England): Although he didn’t feature during September’s international fixtures, McCarthy reentered the Three Lions fold for the first time as a Southampton player. Rewarded for a string of eye-catching club performances, the stopper faces away trips to World Cup runners up Croatia, and then Spain - both in the UEFA Nations League.

Jannik Vestergaard (Denmark): Joining up with coworker Hojbjerg, the great Dane faces games against Republic of Ireland and Austria.

Maya Yoshida (Japan): Japan surpassed many people’s expectation in making it to the World Cup round of 16 over the summer, and now Yoshida is set to compete in the Kirin Challenge Cup. Japan will host Panama in Niigata, before taking on Uruguay in Saitama.

Jake Vokins (England U19): 18-year-old Jake Vokins, having signed a new Saints deal last month, continues his progress with England, and faces friendlies against Portugal in Almada, followed by Macedonia at St George’s Park.


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