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Our under-21s on duty

24 March 2015

Young professionals to represent their countries

This international break doesn't just see an array of first team stars jet off to represent their respective countries, our young professionals are also on duty during this fortnight.

Sydney-born midfielder Ryan Edwards is set to link up with Australia's under-22 squad for Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship qualifiers against Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Myanmar. The 16-nation biennial competition will serve as the Olympics qualifiers - the top three teams from tournament will go on to compete in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil - and Edwards will be a key member of Tony Vidmar's Olyroos side.

Much closer to home, Aaron Kuhl and Rob Dickie have both been named in the England under-19 squad who travel to France for Elite Round fixtures against Denmark, Azerbaijan and France themselves. Sean O'Driscoll's men have already made it through one round of qualifiers, beating Belarus, Luxembourg and Belgium back in October.

The Republic of Ireland's under-21s are set to take on Andorra in a European Championships qualifier in Waterford and right-back Sean Long will join centre-half Pierce Sweeney as be part of Noel King's squad. Niall Keown was also named in the squad but has been withdrawn with a minor injury, while Shane Griffin also misses out on a call-up with a knock.

Both defender Dominic Hyam and keeper Jon Henly are named in Scotland's under-21 squad for a friendly game against Hungary in Budapest, while Bogdan Vastsuk is in Estonia's under-21 squad for an away friendly against France and then a home game against Kazakhstan in Tallinn.

Icelandic midfielder Sammi Fridjonsson is also on international duty this week, as he links up with his country for a home clash with Romania on Thursday.

Joining these players and our first team internationals on duty during this break are a number of our Academy youngsters too, keep your eyes peeled on the website for news of which of our under-18s are involved with their countries.

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