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14 players joining up with their nations this week

A busy spell ahead for our full and youth internationals

23 March 2021

We've reached the final international break of the campaign and there's plenty to play for over the next nine days. For some the journey to the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins, for others there are the group stages of the Under-21 European Championships, and for three Bees there'll be a first ever taste of international football. Here's a full rundown of who is involved and where this month.

Christian Nørgaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Mathias Jensen

Israel vs Denmark: FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Thursday 25 March, 5pm

Denmark vs Moldova: FIFA World Cup Qualifying, MCH Arena, Herning, Sunday 28 March, 5pm

Austria vs Denmark¨FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Wednesday 31 March, 7.45pm

With their place secured in this summer’s European Championships, this week’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers also double up as important preparation matches ahead of the Euros for our three Danish internationals. Henrik will be looking to add to his 27 caps while Christian picked up the Man of the Match award on debut against England last time out. Mathias has four international caps, all of which have come this season.

Marcus Forss

Finland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina: FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Wednesday 24 March, 7.45pm

Ukraine vs Finland: FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Arena Lviv, Lviv, Sunday 28 March, 7.45pm

Switzerland vs Finland: International Friendly, AFG Arena, St Gallen, Wednesday 31 March, 7.45pm

Finland also have the European Championships in the summer as they look to make a strong start to World Cup Qualifying this week. There is then a friendly against the World Ranked number 16 side to round off the action. Marcus scored on his debut against France in November, the first of three appearances he has made for his nation.

Ethan Pinnock

Jamaica vs United States of America: International Friendly, Stadion Wiener Neustadt, Wiener Neustadt, Thursday 25 March, 5pm

Ethan is set for his first senior international action as The Reggae Boyz take on their CONCACAF rivals in Austria. Both sides begin World Cup Qualifying in the autumn with the top three from the eight-team league, which also includes Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica, guaranteeing their place in Qatar.


Only nine players contracted to Sky Bet Championship clubs will be representing their nations at the re-arranged Under-21 European Championships in Hungary and Slovenia this week. Four of those heading to central Europe for the group stages do so from Brentford, looking to help their nations to a top two finish and a spot in May's knockout stages.

Mads Bech Sørensen, Mads Roerslev

France vs Denmark: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, Haladás Sportkomplexum, Szombathely, Thursday 25 March, 8pm

Denmark vs Iceland: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, Ménfői úti Stadion, Győr, Sunday 28 March, 2pm

Denmark vs Russia: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, Haladás Sportkomplexum, Szombathely, Wednesday 31 March, 5pm

Mads Bech featured in six of Denmark’s games in qualifying as Albert Capella’s side finished their campaign unbeaten. An injury picked up on international duty last September limited Mads Roerslev to just two outings in qualifying, taking his tally of Under-21 caps to four in total.

Vitaly Janelt

Hungary vs Germany: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, MOL Aréna Sóstó, Székesfehérvár, Wednesday 24 March, 8pm

Germany vs Netherlands: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, MOL Aréna Sóstó, Székesfehérvár, Saturday 27 March, 8pm

Germany vs Romania: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, Bozsik Aréna, Budapest, Tuesday 30 March, 5pm

Vitaly’s outstanding debut season with The Bees has earned him a recall to the Germany Under-21 group, after missing out on the last two squads. He has six caps for his nation at Under-21 level, including four in qualifying for this year's Championships.

Patrik Gunnarsson

Russia vs Iceland: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, Ménfői úti Stadion, Győr, Thursday 25 March, 5pm

Denmark vs Iceland: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, Ménfői úti Stadion, Győr, Sunday 28 March, 2pm

Iceland vs France: Under-21 European Championship Group Stage, Ménfői úti Stadion, Győr, Wednesday 31 March, 5pm

Patrik was Iceland’s number one in qualifying, keeping three clean sheets in his eight outings. In total he has ten caps at Under-21 level as he gets set to meet Mads Bech and Mads Roerslev on Sunday.


Joe Adams, Nathan Shepperd, Fin Stevens/Alex Gilbert

Wales vs Republic of Ireland: Under-21 International Friendly, Colliers Park, Wrexham, Friday 26 March, 1pm

There’s a strong Brentford flavour to Friday’s home nations friendly between Wales and Republic of Ireland.

For Nathan and Fin it will be a maiden international involvement while Joe, a regular at Under-19 level, has earned one previous Under-21 cap for Wales.

Alex will also be joining up with his nation’s Under-21s for the first time, having been involved at Under-19 level in the past for the Boys in Green.

Jaakko Oksanen

Finland Under-21 vs FC Haka: Training Camp Friendly, Thursday 25 March, 12pm

Finland Under-21 vs KTP: Training Camp Friendly, Monday 29 March, 12pm

Finland’s preparations for the start of Euro 2023 qualifying take a step up this week with a training camp on home soil which includes games against two Finnish league sides. Jaakko featured in seven of Finland’s qualifiers for this summer’s tournament, which they missed out on, but is also eligible for the next edition in Romania and Georgia.

We will have daily updates on brentfordfc.com and social media channels on how our boys are doing away with their nations.


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