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International Preview: September 2022

20 September 2022

First Team News

International Preview: September 2022

20 September 2022

Preston North End will be represented on the international stage by eight players during the break.

Five of those will pull on the green jersey of Republic of Ireland – three for the senior team and two in the youth ranks.

Alan Browne, Robbie Brady and Troy Parrott have all joined up with their teammates ahead of the final two games of their Nations League group.

They’ll firstly take on Scotland on Saturday 24th September (7.45pm) – the reverse of the fixture which saw Browne and Parrott both score in a 3-0 win.

Their campaign will then come to a close at home to Armenia at 7.45pm the following Tuesday.

Ireland currently sit third in their group, three points off league leaders Ukraine, who have a game in hand on Stephen Kenny’s men.

Ali McCann is also in Nations League action during the break, with Northern Ireland hosting Kosovo on Saturday 24th September (5pm), before closing their group with a 7.45pm kick-off in Greece on Tuesday 27th September.


Northern Ireland have taken just two points from their four group games, and will be hoping to end the campaign strongly to avoid a relegation Play-Out, which will take place in March 2024 if they finish bottom of their group.

Elsewhere, Daniel Johnson has a friendly in store against Argentina, taking place at the Red Bull Arena – home of the New York Red Bulls – in New Jersey.

DJ is looking to take his international caps into double fixtures in this game, which will kick-off at 1am for those in the UK on Wednesday 28th September.

In the youth ranks, midfielder Adam O’Reilly has received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland U21s after his impressive performances on loan with St Patrick’s Athletic.


He joins the squad ahead of a crucial two-legged European Championship Play-Off against Israel, with the home leg taking place at 7pm on Friday 23rd September, before they travel to Israel on Tuesday 27th September for another 7pm kick-off.

Victory over the two legs would see the U21s qualify for a European Championships for the first time in their history.

Meanwhile, Aaron Bennett and Harry Nevin – called up by Wales U19 and Republic of Ireland U19 respectively – will be hoping to help their nation qualify for the EUROs, which take place in Malta next summer.

Both countries are in the same qualification group, with the two set to come head to head in Bangor at 1pm on Saturday 24th September.

A full list of fixtures can be found below:

Alan Browne, Robbie Brady & Troy Parrott

Saturday 24th September – Scotland vs Republic of Ireland, 7.45pm
Tuesday 27th September – Republic of Ireland vs Armenia, 7.45pm

Ali McCann

Saturday 24th September – Northern Ireland vs Kosovo, 5pm
Tuesday 27th September – Greece vs Northern Ireland, 7.45pm

Daniel Johnson

Wednesday 28th September – Jamaica vs Argentina, 1am

Adam O’Reilly

Friday 23rd September – Ireland U21 vs Israel U21, 7pm
Tuesday 27th September – Israel U21 vs Ireland U21, 7pm

Aaron Bennett

Wednesday 21st September – Wales U19 vs Hungary U19, 4pm
Saturday 24th September – Republic of Ireland U19 vs Wales U19, 1pm
Tuesday 27th September – Gibraltar U19 vs Wales U19, 6pm

Harry Nevin

Wednesday 21st September – Republic of Ireland U19 vs Gibraltar U19, 4pm
Saturday 24th September – Republic of
Ireland U19 vs Wales U19, 1pm
Tuesday 27th September – Hungary U19 vs Republic of
Ireland U19, 6pm

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