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March's International Review

A recap of who has been involved where over the past week

28 March 2019

A club record 16 players were recognised by their nations over the past week on four continents. For some, like Kamohelo Mokotjo and South Africa, it was a week which will lead to bigger things in the summer. While others will be ruing what might have been. Here’s a full rundown of all the action.

In Tunisia, Kamohelo set up both goals during South Africa's 2-1 win over Libya which secured their spot at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Brentford midfielder, winning his 14th cap, found Percy Tau twice after the break as Stuart Baxter’s side went through qualifying unbeaten and took the final spot in Egypt this June.

Bafana Bafana will be joining Saïd Benrahma’s Algeria at AFCON 2019. The Desert Foxes were guaranteed qualification even before Friday’s 1-1 draw against Gambia, for which Saïd was an unused substitute. Saïd did feature on Tuesday night, winning his second cap in total, and first since 2015, from the start as Algeria beat Tunisia 1-0 in a friendly.

Tuesday's action also saw Henrik Dalsgaard help Denmark pull off one of the most dramatic comebacks of recent times as The Danes scored three in the final six minutes to draw 3-3 with Switzerland in Basel. The hosts, ranked eighth in the world, looked to be cruising to an opening night victory in Euro 2020 qualifying but Henrik’s first international goal, coming in the 93rd minute, completed a remarkable recovery. Henrik also started in a 1-1 friendly draw against Kosovo last Thursday as he took his tally of caps to 20.

Saturday’s defeat for a Romaine Sawyers led St Kitts and Nevis to Suriname saw them miss out on this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and a place in League A for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League. The 2-0 reverse in Paramaribo left St Kitts 15th after their four qualifiers, taking a place in League B for the Nations League which starts in September. The cap was Romaine's 26th for his nation and eighth while a Brentford player. 

At Under-21 level, Ezri Konsa earned his fifth cap for England on Tuesday night during the Young Lions' 2-1 defeat against Germany at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. In Finland, Jaakko Oksanen earned his maiden two caps, while Marcus Forss scored his first goal at Under-21 level, as the Young Raiders won one and lost one against Norway and Bulgaria.  

David Titov earned two further caps for Latvia, helping them finish the Antalya Cup in Turkey unbeaten following victory over Macedonia and draws against Kazahkstan and Ukraine. Finally at Under-21 level, Kolbeinn Finnsson played both games as Iceland drew 1-1 with Czech Republic before beating Qatar 3-0. Fellow Bee Patrik Gunnarsson made his Under-21 debut against the Czechs while Kolbeinn earned his fourth and fifth caps at that level.

Elsewhere, Ellery Balcombe won his third England Under-20 cap during Tuesday's 1-0 Euro Elite League defeat to Portugal while Jan Zamburek started the Czech Republic Under-18’s first two games at the SportChain Cup in Dubai. The young Czech side recorded three wins from three to take the trophy over the likes of England and Mexico. Mads Bech Sorensen earned his maiden Denmark Under-20 cap as a young Danish side lost 1-0 to Romania’s Under-21s in Marbella.

Also away with their nations on training camps this week were Welsh Under-21 defender Cole Dasilva and Brentford B’s Swedish duo of Simon Andersson and Fredrik Hammar.

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