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15 caps and two goals for our players in senior internationals

A round-up of how our players got on with their countries

16 June 2022

Senior international matches have been taking place around the world over the past few weeks. Five of our players represented their countries with others called up to squads, playing a vital role. Have a look at how they got on.

Christian Eriksen, Christian Nørgaard, and Mathias Jensen were in the Denmark squad for four UEFA Nations League A Group One matches. Denmark won three out of four, beating France and Austria away from home before a defeat in Copenhagen against Croatia. They ended their June schedule with a 2-0 win over Austria.

Mads Bech was also named in the extended squad for the matches but did not make the final group and Christian Nørgaard was unable to take part due to injury. Christian Eriksen played in all four of the matches, starting the first three and coming off the bench in the last. Mathias started the final match and made two more substute appearances.

Mathias earned his 19th cap in the win over Austria earlier this week. He continues to close in on the record for most international caps earned while with Brentford, which currently stands at 22. Christian Eriksen has now played 115 times for his country, six of those matches have come since joining Brentford in January. Christian sits fourth on the Denmark most capped list and his 38 international goals have been bettered by only four other Danes.

Goalkeeper David Raya was in the Spain squad for their four Nations League A Group Two matches. They started off with a draw in Portugal and another at home to Czech Republic. There were then wins away to Switzerland and at home to Czech Republic. David was an unused substitute for all four matches.

Striker Marcus Forss was in the Finland squad for their Nations League B Group Three matches. He was involved in a draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina and a win over Montenegro but picked up an injury and missed the last two games. Finland lost those, away to Romania and then Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marcus now has 14 caps.

Halil Dervişoğlu played a big role for Turkey in their Nations League C Group One fixtures. Turkey won four out of four and Halil started each of the games. They look set for promotion to League B.

Halil scored in a 4-0 win over Faroe Islands and then again in a 6-0 win away to Lithuania. Turkey then beat Luxembourg away and Lithuania at home to complete a perfect month. Halil did not score in the final two games but was heavily involved in the wins.

Halil's four caps took his total to 13. He also now has six goals for his country, the Club Record. His six is three times as many as any other player has ever scored for their country while on Brentford's books.

Three players were called-up by African countries for matches this month. African Cup of Nations qualification started this month and a trio of Bees were selected for squads. Frank Onyeka was an unused substitute for Nigeria in wins over Sierra Leone and then São Tomé and Príncipe. Julian Jeanvier was named in the Guinea squad but left for personal reasons before they faced Egypt, losing 1-0, and Malawi, who they beat 1-0.

Yoane Wissa was in the Democratic Republic of Congo squad for their qualification matches. He started in both games, taking his tally of caps to six, four since he joined The Bees, but Congo DR suffered two defeats. They lost at home to Gabon and away to Sudan and already have work to do to qualify.

The next international matches will be played in September. A lot of our players are also looking ahead to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup, in Qatar at the end of the year.

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