Quartet set for international action

By SFC Media time 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).

OITA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 16: Maya Yoshida of Japan and Rafael Romo of Venezuela compete for the ball during the international friendly match between Japan and Venezuela at Oita Bank Dome on November 16, 2018 in Oita, Japan.  (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)
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.

Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League B - Group 4 - Denmark v Republic of Ireland - Ceres Park, Aarhus, Denmark - November 19, 2018  Republic of Ireland's Michael Obafemi comes on as a substitute to replace Callum O'Dowda          Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
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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