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International Recap: Full debuts, qualification joy and despair, and a tournament win

Here's the complete run through of the action for our ten Bees away with their nations over the past seven days

29 March 2018

It's been a busy seven days with ten Bees in action for their countries across four continents. There was a full international debut for Chris Mepham, a return after two years out for Alan Judge, and Ellery Balcombe helped England secure their place at this summer's Under-19s European Championships. Here's a full run-down of how our international Bees got on last week.

In China, Chris Mepham became the first Brentford B graduate to make a senior international appearance after coming off the bench in Wales' 6-0 China Cup win over their hosts on Thursday. It completed a remarkable journey for the 20-year-old who only make his EFL debut back in September. Sunday's final saw Chris remain an unused-substitute as Ryan Giggs' side were beaten 1-0 by Uruguay in Nanning. 

On the subject of remarkable journeys, this international break saw Alan Judge complete one of his own as he earned a second international cap for the Republic of Ireland, almost two years to the day after his first. The 29-year-old had spent much of the time in between recovering from a serious leg injury but came off the bench to play the final ten minutes of Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Turkey on Friday night. 

Henrik Dalsgaard received a big boost ahead of this summer's World Cup with Danish Head Coach Age Hareide all-but confirming the 28-year-old would be on the plane to Russia. Henrik played 90 minutes in Denmark's 1-0 win over Panama on Thursday night before being released early to return home to his new-born daughter. However, Hareide went on to tell the Danish press that Dalsgaard was "a sure man" for the World Cup which begins for Denmark with a game against Peru on 16 June. 

Elsewhere, Kamohelo Mokotjo earned his tenth South African cap as Bafana Bafana won their Four Nations tournament in Zambia. The Brentford midfielder missed the semi-final victory over Angola but started Saturday's 2-0 win over Zambia in the final. Meanwhile, Romaine Sawyers earned his 22nd cap for St Kitts and Nevis as they lost 2-1 to the Dominican Republic in a friendly over the weekend. 

At Youth Level, Ellery Balcombe played twice as reigning champions England booked their spot in this summer's Under-19 European Championships in Finland. The B Team goalkeeper helped Paul Simpson's side to wins over Hungary and Latvia, keeping a clean sheet in the latter of those matches, but was rested for yesterday's 2-0 loss to Macedonia. Despite that defeat the Young Lions made it through to July's finals where they will look to defend their crown. 

Joining Ellery in the summer will be the Finnish duo of Marcus Forss and Jaakko Oksanen. Having qualified as hosts, Finland took on Switzerland in two friendlies over the weekend. Jaakko came on as a second-half substitute in the first of those as a much-changed Finland side suffered a 4-0 defeat in Wil on Friday. Both Marcus and Jaakko then started Monday's game with Brentford B's top scorer Forss netting both Finland's goals in a 2-2 draw.

The B Team's Danish duo of Mads Bech Sorensen and Lukas Talbro couldn't make it a clean sweep in Under-19 qualifying despite going through the Elite Round unbeaten. Mads captained The Danes for all three games, with Lukas an unused substitute, as Turkey pipped them to top spot. Yesterday's 2-2 draw, which saw Austria score in the 82nd minute, coupled with Turkey's 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, ending Mads and Lukas' hopes of joining Ellery, Marcus, and Jaakko at this summer's finals. 

Chris, Kamohelo, Alan, and Henrik will be back at Griffin Park on Friday (kick-off 3pm). Watch our international Bees in action as we face Sheffield United this week. Tickets are available to previous purchasers so buy yours online here.


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