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International Recap: Promotion, qualifying heartbreak and half-way line goals

Here's how our players got on away with their nations this month

21 November 2018

Seven Bees have been in international action for their nations over the past week, here’s how they got on.

It was a successful week for Henrik Dalsgaard and Denmark as they secured promotion to League A of the Nations League. Friday’s 2-1 victory over Wales in Cardiff, which saw Henrik earn his 18th cap, ensured top spot in Group B4 with a game to spare. Henrik then wasn’t involved on Monday as The Danes finished their campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to the Republic of Ireland.

In the Caribbean, St Kitts and Nevis dropped their first points of CONCACAF Nations League qualification after a 1-0 defeat to Canada on Sunday. The Sugar Boyz, with Romaine Sawyers pulling the strings in midfield, won their first two matches but found Canada too strong in Basseterre as Atiba Hutchinson headed home the only goal a minute before the interval. Defeat leaves St Kitts in eighth place ahead of their final game against Suriname in March. Romaine’s outing took his cap tally to 25 for his nation.

At Youth Level, both David Titov and Patrik Gunnarsson saw their hopes of qualifying for next summer’s Under-19 European Championships end as Latvia and Iceland failed to make it out of their qualifying round groups. David was sent off during Latvia’s second game and missed their decisive final day defeat to hosts Cyprus while an 85th minute goal for Moldova on Gameday Three consigned Patrik and Iceland to third spot in Group 5.

Kolbeinn Finnsson earned his first two caps for Iceland’s Under-21s as they completed a three-match tour to China. The Brentford B midfielder missed the opening defeat to Mexico but then played the full 90 minutes as Iceland drew 1-1 with the hosts on Saturday. The 19-year-old retained his starting spot for Monday's game against Thailand which ended in another 1-1 draw.  

Having sat out Thursday’s victory over Italy, Ezri Konsa earned a fifth England Under-21 cap last night as the Young Lions extended their unbeaten run to 22 games with a crushing 5-1 victory over Denmark in Esbjerg. Demarai Gray opened the scoring before braces from Dominic Solanke and Dominic Calvert-Lewin wrapped up the impressive win.

Jan Zamburek had a week to remember for the Czech Republic Under-18s after scoring a wonder-goal during their 3-3 draw with Italy on Friday. Straight from kick-off, after Italy had made it 1-1 midway through the first-half, Jan spotted the home keeper off his line and arrowed an effort over his head and into the back of the net. That was Jan’s first goal in seven caps at Under-18 level and he added an eighth cap on Monday as the Czechs beat Austria 1-0 on home soil.

An eighth Bee, Chris Mepham, was called up by Wales but was forced to withdraw from the squad last week through injury. 

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