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Wednesday internationals: Four in action

28 May 2014

Obita's England take on South Korea

Jordan Obita will be hoping to feature for England tonight (Wednesday) as they take on South Korea in their third game of the Toulon Tournament.

Our Academy graduate, who scored against Qatar in the first game, will be aiming for another berth in front of the BT Sport live cameras - kick off 6.30pm live on BT Sport 1.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Obita was an unused substitute with the Three Lions under-21s in their second game of the competition - a 2-1 defeat to Brazil on Monday night.

In the U19s age group of the Emerald Isle, duo Liam Kelly and Sean Long are on duty for a UEFA Elite Phase Tournament. The pair will begin the UEFA U19 Championships Elite Qualifying Round Group Four campaign with a clash against Sammi Fridjonsson's Iceland at 7pm on Wednesday.

Defenders Alex Pearce and Stephen Kelly will hope to be involved for the Republic of Ireland in games against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal over the next couple of weeks, with the match with the Italians this Saturday, 7.45pm at Craven Cottage.

The duo watched from the bench as the Emerald Isle lost 2-1 to Turkey in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Royals defender Chris Gunter has this week been added to Chris Coleman's Wales squad for their June friendly against Holland in Amsterdam.

The right-back, who came second in our supporters' Player of the Season vote last season, had not been included in the Welsh squad due to injury, but the 24-year-old is now fit to link up with the squad, which also includes Hal Robson-Kanu, ahead of the friendly on 4th June.

Young defenders Pierce Sweeney and Shane Griffin both played a part in Ireland U21s' 1-1 draw with Qatar in Germany last Saturday, Sweeney playing the first half of the friendly while Griffin managed the full ninety minutes.

Our goalkeeper Jonathan Henly has been away with Scotland U21s at a training camp, ahead of their UEFA qualifier with the Netherlands tonight (Wednesday 28th May).



Elsewhere in our Academy, trio Harry Cardwell, Dominic Hyam and George McLennan all featured on Scotland's narrow 2-1 defeat to England in their Group 1 game of the Elite Round of the UEFA U19 Championship. The youngsters will now hope to be involved in their final match against Montenegro on Thursday 29th at Walsall.

Young striker Bogdan Vastsuk has also received a call up to Estonia's under-21s squad for their UEFA 2013-15 qualification match with Russia on Saturday night.

Previously, 16-year-old duo Jake Sheppard and Zak Jules, both second year scholars next season, were part of Scotland U17s impressive run to the semi-finals of the UEFA U17 Championships - read more here.


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