Brentford players have been competing on the international stage over the past week as domestic football took a back seat. Records were broken, qualifying dreams enhanced, and the name of Brentford spread far and wide. Here's a rundown of all the international action for our boys.
Henrik Dalsgaard equalled the Club record for most caps won while a Brentford player after featuring in both of Denmark’s games over the weekend. Firstly, he helped The Danes to a crucial 1-0 European Championship qualifying win over Switzerland in Copenhagen before earning his 25th cap in total, and 20th while with The Bees, on Tuesday against Luxembourg. The 30-year-old marked that occasion in style with a pair of assists in a 4-0 win.
Saïd Benrahma and Julian Jeanvier earned their third caps for Algeria and Guinea respectively during a pair of friendlies for the African nations. Algeria’s 1-1 draw against DR Congo last Thursday saw Saïd register his first assist at international level while, in Alicante, Julian and Guinea pushed Chile all the way before losing 3-2 on Tuesday.
Another Brentford player adding to their cap tally on the African contintent was Kamohelo Mokotjo. The midfielder made his 20th appearance for South Africa during Sunday’s Nelson Mandela Challenge Match against Mali in Port Elizabeth. Bafana Bafana would go on to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Dean Furman and Themba Zwane in Molefi Ntseki’s first game in charge.
At Under-21 level, Patrik Gunnarsson earned his fifth and sixth caps for Iceland as they kept pace at the top of Group A in European Championship Qualifying. A 5-0 defeat to Sweden on Saturday threatened to derail their progress but Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland in Reykjavic means Iceland approach the mid-point of the campaign just a point off top spot.
Ellery Balcombe was an unused substitute as England’s Young Lions followed up their 2-2 friendly draw in Slovenia on Friday with a comprehensive 5-1 Qualifying win over Austria at Stadium:MK. Aidy Boothroyd’s side currently sit top of Group C with nine points from a possible nine. It was a similar story for Bryan Mbeumo who watched on as France put five past both Azerbaijan and Slovakia to make a perfect start in Group B.
Another nation with a perfect qualifying record so far is Denmark. Mads Bech Sorensen played the full 90 minutes in both the games against Northern Ireland and Finland, the latter of which saw Mads come up against Brentford B midfielder Jaakko Oksanen. For the Danes,Mads Roerslev was an unused substitute for both while Japhet Sery Larsen was not involved in either squad. In Jaakko's case, the game against Denmark was his second involvement of the week, having also featured during The Fins 4-0 win over Malta.
At Under-19 level, Jan Žambůrek played all three games as the Czech Republic made it safely through to the Elite Qualifying Round for next year’s European Championships. Comprehensive wins over Azerbaijan and San Marino secured qualification, with a draw against Norway ensuring top spot.
It was also a good few days for Gustav Mogensen as the young striker started both Denmark’s wins against Republic of Ireland while Joe Adams added to his cap tally as Wales beat Austria in Newport.
Finally, Simon Andersson earned his fourth cap for Sweden’s Under-18s as they rounded out their trip to Finland with a 3-0 victory over the hosts on Sunday.
Pontus Jansson and Marcus Forss also received initial call-ups but didn't meet up with their respective nations. Pontus withdrew from the Sweden squad due to a slight knock picked up against Nottingham Forest while Marcus pulled out of the Finland Under-21 squad to stay with AFC Wimbledon; a decision that appeared vindicated as he struck a hat-trick for The Dons on Saturday against Southend United.