This week’s round of international fixtures gives nine Bees a chance to head off an represent their nations across the globe.
Andreas Bjelland and Henrik Dalsgaard
Montenegro vs Denmark, FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier, Thursday 5 October, 7.45pm kick-off, Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica
Denmark vs Romania, FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier, Sunday 8 October, 5pm kick-off, Telia Parken, Copenhagen
Denmark head into their final two qualifiers knowing their equation is a simple one: better Montengro’s results and a place in the Play-Offs for Russia 2018 should be there’s. Thursday’s game in the Montenegrin capital is a huge one with the two sides on the same points, goal difference, and goals scored after eight qualifying games. The hosts have the advantage after their 1-0 win in Copenhagen last season but Andreas and Henrik have helped their nation take 13 points from a possible 15 to leave qualification still in their hands, especially with Montenegro heading to group leaders Poland in their final game. Indeed, two wins for Denmark and a Poland slip-up in either of their games would open the door for The Danes to snatch automatic qualification at the final fence.
South Africa vs Burkina Faso, FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier, Saturday 7 October, 3pm kick-off, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Bafana Bafana head into Saturday’s game knowing that anything less than a win would, in all likelihood, spell an end to their hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018. Stuart Baxter’s side currently prop up Group D with one point from their three games, five behind table-topping Burkina Faso. With only the top team qualifying, South Africa know they need to win all three of their remaining games to stand any real chance of making it to Russia.
England Under-21 vs Scotland Under-21, UEFA Euro 2019 Qualifier, Friday 6 October, 7.45pm kick-off, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Latvia Under-21 vs Scotland Under-21, UEFA Euro 2019 Qualifier, Tuesday 10 October, 4pm kick-off, Daugava Stadium, Liepāja
The Auld Enemy face off on Teeside this Friday as qualifying for the 2019 European Championships in Italy heats up. Scotland opened their account with a 2-0 victory over Netherlands in their opener while the Young Lions have taken four points from their opening two games in Group 4. The following Tuesday, Theo and his teammates travel East to take on fourth placed Latvia who have two points from their opening three games.
Denmark Under-20 vs Sweden Under-20, Friendly, Wednesday 4 October, 7pm kick-off, Ekevalla IP
Denmark Under-20 vs Sweden Under-20, Friendly, Saturday 7 October, 1pm kick-off, Sandbyvallen
Justin has been included at Under-20 level for the first time after breaking into the matchday squad at Griffin Park. The striker earned nine caps at Under-17 and Under-18 level but this call-up sees him make a step towards full international recognition with a pair of games in Sweden for Niels Frederiksen’s side.
England Under-19 vs Czech Republic Under-19, Friendly, Friday 6 October, 6pm kick-off, Městský stadion, Znojmo
England Under-19 vs Slovakia Under-19, Friendly, Monday 9 October, 6pm kick-off, NTC, Senec
After earning his first Under-19 cap last month, Ellery has once again been called up to Paul Simpson’s Young Lions squad for a pair of games in central Europe over the weekend. The 17-year-old is one of three goalkeepers in the squad as he looks to add to his five caps across all age groups.
Lukas Talbro and Mads Sorensen
Denmark Under-19 vs Romania Under-19, Friendly, Thursday 5 October, 6pm kick-off, Tingbjerg Ground, Brønshøj
Denmark Under-19 vs Romania Under-19, Friendly, Sunday 8 October, 6pm kick-off, Osterbro Stadium
The Brentford B defensive duo have both been included again for a pair of games at home to Romania. Lukas and Mads featured in both of Denmark’s game last month and will be hoping for similar this time round.
Finland Under-19 vs Georgia Under-19, Friendly, Sunday 8 October, kick-off TBC, Tbilisi
Finland Under-19 vs Georgia Under-19, Friendly, Tuesday 10 October, kick-off TBC, Tbilisi
Marcus has been a regular leading the line for Finland this season, featuring in every game for Kimmo Lipponen’s side since signing from West Bromwich Albion. The B Team top scorer has netted six times in 12 appearances for his nation ahead of their double-header in the Caucasus.