A productive international break for our players is now at an end. There were 19 caps earned, two goals scored, and four debuts made over the past ten days. Here’s a run down of all last month’s action around Europe.
Denmark got their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign off to the perfect start with three wins from three this week. Christian Nørgaard featured in all three games to take him to four caps for The Danes while Mathias Jensen marked his fifth cap with his first international goal. That came in an 8-0 win over Moldova with further successes in Israel and Austria putting Denmark firmly in control of Group F. Henrik Dalsgaard was called up to the initial Danish squad but returned to Brentford from the camp early.
Ethan Pinnock became our newest full international when he made his debut for Jamaica in a friendly against USA in Austria last Thursday. The Reggae Boyz were beaten 4-1 but Ethan’s inclusion made him the 46th Brentford player to earn senior international honours while with the club. Ethan played 64 minutes at the Stadt Wiener Neustadt in preparation for the autumn CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
Marcus Forss earned a further cap as he started Finland’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Switzerland in St Gallen. The 21-year-old was an unused substitute for Finland’s qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine, which both ended in draws, but did earn his fourth cap on Wednesday night from the start against The Swiss. The game was level at 2-2 when Marcus was withdrawn just past the hour, Haris Seferovic went on to score a late winner for the home side.
For Mads Bech Sorensen and Mads Roerslev it was a perfect week away with Denmark’s Under-21s at the European Championships. Mads Bech started all three games in Hungary and notched his maiden Under-21 goal in a 2-0 win over Iceland. Mads Roerslev also started that match, having come off the bench in their 1-0 opening night success against France. A final day 3-0 victory over Russia ensured The Danes went through Group C with a perfect record and without conceding a goal. Mads Bech now has nine caps for his nation at Under-21 level while Mads Roerslev has six.
Vitaly Janelt and Germany await for Denmark in the Quarter-Final on May 31 after they finished second in Group A. Vitaly played the final 15 minutes of their 3-0 win over hosts Hungary on opening night before a brief cameo against Netherlands last Saturday saw him earn an eighth Under-21 cap. The 22-year-old was then an unused substitute as Die Junioren secured passage through with a goalless draw against Romania on Tuesday.
Patrik Gunnarsson played the full 90 minutes in Iceland’s games against Russia and Denmark in Group C. The goalkeeper, currently on loan at Danish side Silkeborg IF, earned his 11th and 12th caps in those matches as Iceland went out in the group stages following three defeats from three.
In the Brentford B battle between Fin Stevens, Nathan Shepperd, Joe Adams, and Alex Gilbert, it was Alex and Republic of Ireland who came out on top against Wales in Wrexham. Joe, Fin, and Alex started while Nathan played the second-half at Colliers Park. Joe fired Wales into the lead with his maiden Under-21 goal but a quickfire double after the break gave Ireland an advantage they held onto. For Fin, Nathan, and Alex it was an Under-21 international debut while Joe was winning his second cap.