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November International preview

Six Bees heading off to join their nations this month

7 November 2017

The final round of international fixtures in 2017 is upon us. For two Bees they are just 180 minutes away for a place at next summer's World Cup in Russia while a host of younger stars are involved in European Championship qualification.

Andreas Bjelland

Denmark vs Republic of Ireland, 2018 FIFA World Cup Play-Off, Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Saturday 11 November, kick-off 7.45pm

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, 2018 FIFA World Cup Play-Off, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Tuesday 14 November, kick-off 7.45pm

Following Henrik Dalsgaard withdrawl this weekend due to injury, Andreas is The Bees sole representative in Age Hareide's squad for their two-legged Play-Off against Ireland. The Danes took 17 points from a possible 21 to snatch second-place and set up a winner-takes-all encounter against an Irish team who lost just once in qualifying under Martin O'Neill.

Kamohelo Mokotjo

South Africa vs Senegal, CAF Preliminary Qualifying, Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, Friday 10 November, kick-off 5pm

Senegal vs South Africa, CAF Preliminary Qualifying, Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Tuesday 14 November, kick-off 7.30pm

Victory over Burkina Faso last time out has kept South Africa's slim qualifying hopes alive with two games remaining. Bafana Bafana's equation is simple: beat Senegal home and away and they will book their spot at next summer's World Cup. Anything less than six points and it will, in all likelihood, be their opponents making their way to Russia in June.

Theo Archibald

Scotland Under-21 vs Latvia Under-21, UEFA EURO U-21 First Qualifying Round, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Friday 10 November, kick-off 7.30pm

Scotland Under-21 vs Ukraine Under-21, UEFA EURO U-21 First Qualifying Round, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Tuesday 14 November, kick-off 7.30pm

Having taken six points from their opening three qualifying games, Scot Gemmill's side face a home double header in pursuit of a place at Italy 2019. England, who beat The Scots last month, top the group but two home wins would put Scotland in a strong position for at least a Play-Off place at the midway stage. 

Chris Mepham

Wales Under-21 vs Bosnia and Herzegovina Under-21, UEFA EURO U-21 First Qualifying Round, Nantporth, Bangor, Friday 10 November, kick-off 6pm

Wales Under-21 vs Romania Under-21, UEFA EURO U-21 First Qualifying Round, Nantporth, Bangor, Tuesday 14 November, kick-off 6pm

After serving a one-game suspension, Chris Mepham returns to the Wales Under-21 squad as they face two tough assignments in Group Eight. Bosnia and Romania are currently third and first in the group, having played a game more than Rob Page's side, and, having been beaten by Portugal in September, the Welsh cannot afford to drop more points at home. 

Ellery Balcombe

England Under-19 vs Faroe Islands Under-19, UEFA EURO U-19 First Qualifying Round, Trace Arena, Stara Zagora, Wednesday 8 November

England Under-19 vs Iceland Under-19, UEFA EURO U-19 First Qualifying Round, Trace Arena, Stara Zagora, Saturday 11 November

England Under-19 vs Bulgaria Under-19, UEFA EURO U-19 First Qualifying Round, Trace Arena, Stara Zagora, Tuesday 14 November

Ellery has been included in Paul Simpson's 21-man squad as the Young Lions begin the defence of their Under-19 European Championship title in Bulgaria. The defending champions are heavy favourites to be one of the two automatic qualifiers from the group as preparations begin for next summer's finals in Finland. 

Mads Bech Sorensen

Denmark Under-19 vs Latvia Under-19, UEFA EURO U-19 First Qualifying Round, Rovinj, Croatia, Wednesday 8 November

Denmark Under-19 vs San Marino Under-19, UEFA EURO U-19 First Qualifying Round, Rovinj, Croatia, Saturday 11 November

Denmark Under-19 vs Croatia Under-19, UEFA EURO U-19 First Qualifying Round, Rovinj, Croatia, Tuesday 14 November

Denmark also get their qualification process for Finland 2018 underway with a trio of matches in the northern Croatian seaside city of Rovinj over the coming week. Mads has played six times for Denmark's Under-19s this season, captaining the side on the last four occasions, and featured on the bench for the first-team against Middlesbrough in September.  


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