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6 October 2017

First Team News

International Preview

6 October 2017

With four North End players away on international duty, we look ahead to a weekend of football away from the Championship.

Sean Maguire and Daryl Horgan are away with the Republic of Ireland, while goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has joined Chris Coleman's Wales for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

On-loan Arsenal forward Stephy Mavididi is also on international duty with the England U20s for their two friendlies with Italy and Czech Republic.

Mavididi didn't feature on Thursday night as England U20s were 5-1 winners over Italy, they face the Czechs on Tuesday evening at St George's Park.

Friday night sees both Republic of Ireland and Wales in action, with the Irish taking on Moldova at Aviva Stadium while Wales face Georgia in Tblisi.

Sean Maguire and Daryl Horgan will be hoping to play some part in the Group D World Cup qualifier this evening.

Earlier this week, Maguire spoke to the Irish press after joining up with the senior squad for the first time and insists he will be ready to take his chance whenever it comes along.

“I just need to work hard in training this week and show the gaffer I’m well capable of coming in and doing a job. But it’s up to him at the end of the day, it’s his decision and I’ll just have to be patient.

"Whether it’s this weekend, in the two games, or a month down the line or next year, I just need to be ready and patient and be mentally ready.”

Also speaking to the media ahead of the clash with Moldova, Horgan is hoping to play some part for Martin O'Neill's side but is prepared to be patient.

"Every time you are called in you hope to play, you are geared to play as much as possible, but you are up against lads who have been there and done that.

We have a few lads out but we still have a very strong squad, 28 or so players, and it will be tough to get a run, there are a lot of players ahead of me but hopefully, fingers crossed.

"It's been a crazy year, a bit mad but when you are in it you just want more and more, you get the head down and keep working. There is an opportunity there, but there is a good squad here and you never really know but if the opportunity comes I will be ready."

Chris Maxwell has been training with the Wales senior squad this week after his first call up to the senior squad, and will travel to Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena for tonight's clash with Georgia.

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