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International Preview: October 2018

13 October 2018

North End will once again be represented during the latest international break with three players away with Republic of Ireland.

Alan Browne, Callum Robinson and Sean Maguire have all joined up with Martin O'Neill's squad ahead of their crucial UEFA Nations League clashes with Denmark and Wales.

Callum Robinson will be looking to add to the two caps he received during his first official call up to the squad last month, starting both games against Wales and Poland.

Alan Browne returns to the set up after missing those games after picking up a minor injury in the first few days of training with Ireland.

Sean Maguire, who made his return from injury on Saturday as a second half substitute in the 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic, has also been called up by Martin O'Neil.

The striker had been missing since the final game of pre-season with a hamstring injury, but will be hoping to continue to build up his fitness while away with the national side.

Graham Burke, who was named in the provisional squad for these fixtures, is on standby for the games.

Ireland host Denmark on Saturday 13th October, with a 7.45pm kick-off, before Wales visit Aviva Stadium on Tuesday 16th October, again with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Speaking to the media in Ireland ahead of the double header in Dublin, striker Sean Maguire spoke of his confidence in getting amongst the goals on a regular basis sooner or later for his country.

"I would back myself to score goals. It's just about getting the opportunity. Once I do get that first goal I think it will just take care of itself."

"I back myself to score goals if I start the game. Even if I only come on for a couple of minutes, I'll always back myself to score - and hopefully I can do that in these next two very important games.

"There's no better place to do it in front of your home fans and hopefully they can be our 12th man come Saturday and Tuesday."

We will have live updates on social media should our players feature for the boys in green.

Elsewhere, Chris Maxwell is on standby for the Wales national side, while Lukas Nmecha is on standby for the England U20s.


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