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International Preview: June 2023

13 June 2023

Alan Browne and Ali McCann are both away with their nations this month as they continue their qualification campaign for next year’s UEFA EUROs.

North End skipper Browne has been continuing to nurse the knee injury which kept him out for the final month of the 2022/23 season and could be in line for a return for Republic of Ireland this week.

The midfielder, who has also operated at right wing back for his nation, has been with his international teammates in Turkey recently and will hope to be fit enough to face Greece on Friday evening (16th June) at 7.45pm.

Stephen Kenny’s men will then return home to the Aviva Stadium to host Gibraltar for a 7.45pm kick-off on Monday 19th June.

Ireland have played just once so far in their qualification group, losing narrowly at home to France back in March.

Elsewhere, Ali and Northern Ireland have taken three points from their opening two matches, and face EURO 2020 semi-finalists Denmark away from home on Friday 16th June (7.45pm).


Michael O’Neill’s side will then head back to Belfast on Monday 19th June to welcome Kazakhstan to Windsor Park, also for a 7.45pm kick-off.

Ali – who returned to action for the final four games of the season after missing two months through injury – will hope to add to his 16 caps for his country.

Finally, 18-year-old goalkeeper James Pradic will be away with Wales U19 during the next week, with two friendlies against Sweden U19 on the cards.

Under former PNE defender Rob Edwards, the U19s will play at Leckwith Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 15th June (6pm) and Sunday 18th June (3pm).

Both matches are free entry, while they will also be shown live on

Good luck, lads!

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