Long's Ireland host Wales in Nations League

By SFC Media Tue 16 Oct International
Photo by Getty Images | Shane Long

It’s the busiest date of the international break for Southampton, with seven players in action for their countries over the course of the day on Tuesday.

Maya Yoshida gets things under way, as Japan host Uruguay in a friendly at 11.35am BST. The defender was rested against Panama on Friday, so should be in line to win his 89th cap in Saitama.

From Asia to Africa, as Mario Lemina embarks on part two of Gabon’s doubleheader against South Sudan at 2pm BST, this time away from home.

The Panthers were comfortable 3-0 victors in the Gabonese capital Libreville on Friday, and will hope to keep up the pressure on Mali and Burundi in the race to qualify for next summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Lemina's Gabon will move into the qualification spots with victory over South Sudan

Angus Gunn will want to feature for England Under-21s, who make the short journey to Scotland for a 5.30pm BST kick-off at Tynecastle, home of SPL leaders Hearts.

It is the Young Lions’ last European qualifier, with their place in Italy for the final tournament already assured.

Three games involving Saints players kick-off at 7.45pm BST, all involving European nations.

Mohamed Elyounoussi’s Norway have the chance to leapfrog group leaders Bulgaria in the Nations League and will fancy their chances of doing so on home soil in Oslo.

Republic of Ireland are looking to avenge last month’s Nations League defeat to Wales, with Shane Long hoping to fire the Irish to victory against Ryan Giggs’s side in Dublin.

Finally, Danish duo Jannik Vestergaard and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg could feature for Denmark, who host Austria in a friendly. The Austrians beat Northern Ireland thanks to a solitary Marko Arnautović goal in the Nations League on Friday.


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