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International Round-Up: November 2021

17 November 2021

Eight players from Preston North End went away to represent their country during the international break – take a look at how they got on in our international round-up.

Alan Browne, Ali McCann and Sepp van den Berg all got competitive match action for their nation, while Emil Riis received his first call-up to the Denmark senior squad, taking his place on the bench for their defeat to Scotland.

PNE captain Browne was also a substitute when the Republic of Ireland held Portugal to a draw, before then coming on for the last eight minutes of their victory over Luxembourg which meant Stephen Kenny’s side finished third in their World Cup qualifying group, unfortunately not enough to get them to Qatar.

Ali McCann and Northern Ireland also missed out on a place in next year’s tournament, but they had a very successful break.

The North End midfielder impressed as he played two sets of 90 minutes as Ian Baraclough’s side took four points from home games against Lithuania and Italy, ending their qualification campaign without conceding a goal in their four group games at Windsor Park.

Elsewhere, Sepp van den Berg earned his first start for Netherlands U21s in their 3-1 victory over Bulgaria, while he was a substitute as the Young Lions thrashed Gibraltar 7-0, taking them to the top of their European Championship qualifying group.

PNE’s U19s were also well represented over the break, with Lewis Coulton, Harry Nevin, Josh Seary and James Pradic all getting minutes for their countries.

Coulton played in two Scotland U19s games, winning 3-0 in the first before drawing against Croatia in the second. Those results meant the Scots finished third in their qualifying group, and only one of the third-placed teams of all 13 groups will progress through to the elite round.

Wales U17s and Pradic also finished third in their U17s qualifying group for next year's European Championship in Israel, and their four points are enough to see them through to the elite round which takes place in March 2022.

Meanwhile, defenders Nevin and Seary have been away with the Republic of Ireland U18s, who both featured in friendlies against Sweden in Marbella.

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