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International Preview: November 2021

8 November 2021

First Team News

International Preview: November 2021

8 November 2021

Preston North End will have seven players away on international duty during this break, with many of them taking part in qualification campaigns for major tournaments.

Alan Browne, Ali McCann and Sepp van den Berg, who have all been regular features for PNE when fit this season, will be in contention to earn more caps for their respective nations.

Meanwhile, Lewis Coulton, James Pradic, Josh Seary and Harry Nevin have all received call-ups from their international teams at youth level.

Browne, who missed the weekend’s game against Nottingham Forest due to a back injury, has travelled to Ireland and he will be assessed before he joins up with his international team-mates.

Stephen Kenny’s side will complete their World Cup qualification campaign during the next week, hosting Portugal on Thursday 11th November for a 7.45pm kick-off, before travelling to Luxembourg on Sunday 14th November (7.45pm).

Across the Irish border, team-mate McCann could be involved in Northern Ireland’s final two group games, firstly facing Lithuania on Friday 12th November for a 7.45pm kick-off, before then finishing off at home against Italy on Monday 15th November. 

Unfortunately both nations cannot mathematically qualify for the tournament in Qatar.

Elsewhere, defender van den Berg will be looking to help the Netherlands U21s continue the promising start they've made to their 2023 U21 EURO qualification campaign.

They currently sit second in the group, but with a game in hand on leaders Switzerland. Sepp made his debut for the U21s in their last match against Wales and he'll be hoping to be included again when they face Bulgaria (Friday 12th November, 5.45pm) and Gibraltar (Monday 15th November, 1pm) this break.

Defender Lewis Coulton, who is currently on loan at Bamber Bridge, has been included in Scotland’s U19 squad for their European Qualifiers taking place in Croatia.

Scotland will play three games in the qualifying round, looking to earn a place in the elite round which will then decide who makes the final tournament. To get through to the elite round, Scotland will need to finish in the top two of their group, with the best third-placed team across all groups also qualifying.

Coulton and his team-mates will face Armenia on Wednesday 10th November and Gibraltar on Saturday 13th November – both of which are 10am kick-offs – before then playing Croatia on Tuesday 16th November at 11am.

First-year scholar James Pradic, who travelled to the City Ground with the first team last weekend, will look to earn more experience with Wales' U17s, who are also looking to seal a place in the elite round of the European Championships.

In their way stand Ukraine (Wednesday 10th November, 5pm), Portugal (Saturday 13th November, 5pm) and Kazakhstan (Tuesday 16th November, 3pm).

Meanwhile, Josh Seary and Harry Nevin of PNE’s U19s will head to Marbella with the Republic of Ireland U18s.

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