Quartet set for international action

By SFC Media Thu 10 Oct International
Photo by Reuters | Jan Bednarek

A quartet of Southampton players are in action for their respective countries on Friday as the international schedule for October begins.

Jan Bednarek will be looking to help Poland take a step closer to UEFA Euro 2020 qualification with a trip to Latvia (7.45pm BST).

Currently sitting top of Group G, Jerzy Brzęczek’s side will fancy their chances against a Latvia side who sit bottom of the group and without a point from the opening six fixtures.

However, Poland will be looking for a return to winning ways after failing to win their last two group stage outings.

Following tonight’s game, Poland will have a quick turnaround to host North Macedonia on Sunday.

For Maya Yoshida, attention is on World Cup qualification as Japan take on Mongolia in Saitama (11.35am BST).

Photo by Kaz Photography | Getty Images

Japan will be looking to build on their opening 2-0 win over Myanmar last month, with Mongolia sitting just behind the Samurai Blue in third.

After enjoying home comforts, Japan will then on Tuesday head to take on a Tajikistan side who currently sit top of the group prior to today’s fixtures.

Also in competitive action is Stuart Armstrong and Scotland who are taking on Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Moscow.

A reverse fixture from the meeting last month, Scotland boss Steve Clark will be looking to overturn the narrow 2-1 defeat at Hampden Park.

Scotland sit fifth without a win in their last three outings, but will host San Marino on Sunday, who currently sit bottom of Group I.

Photo by Matthew Childs | Reuters

Rounding off the Saints contingent taking to the field today is Michael Obafemi.

The young striker will look to help Republic of Ireland Under-21s keep up their 100% start to qualification for the 2021 UEFA U19 European Championships when they host Italy in Dublin.

After lining up against third-placed Italy, Stephen Kenny’s side will head to Iceland on Tuesday who are right behind them in Group A.


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