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Bees players head off for international action

A look at where our players will be in action in next ten days

22 March 2022

From World Cup and European youth tournament qualifiers to internationals all over Europe, Brentford players will be making their mark on the international stage over the next two weeks. Here is a rundown of where and when our players will be in action.

Christian Eriksen, Christian Nørgaard and Mathias Jensen

Netherlands vs Denmark: International Friendly, The Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam, Saturday 26 March, kick-off 7:45pm

Denmark vs Serbia: International Friendly, Parken, Copenhagen, Tuesday 29 March, kick-off 5pm

Christian Eriksen will be back with the national squad for the first time since last June. The 30-year-oldtested positive with COVID last week and will join up with his country slightly later than planned. He will look to add tohis 109 international caps and 36 goals.

Alongside Eriksen in the Denmark squad are the midfield pair of Christian Nørgaard and Mathias Jensen as they carry on preparations ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022, being held in Qatar at the end of the year. Both players were a key part of Denmark's successful qualifying campaign which saw The Danes win nine of their ten qualifiers to comfortably book their spot in Qatar.

Denmark will find out their opponents for the World Cup on Friday 1 April.

David Raya

Spain vs Albania: International Friendly, Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Saturday 26 March, kick-off 6:45pm

Spain vs Iceland: International Friendly, Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruña, on Tuesday 29 March, kick-off 7.45pm.

David has received his first call up for Spain as they prepare to take on Albania and Iceland. It could be a very special moment for the goalkeeper, if he makes an appearance in their game against Albania. The fixture is taking place at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, near to the club with where David began his career as a junior.

Speaking about Raya’s selection, Spain’s national manager Luis Enrique said: "He is a player doing very well. I really want to see it in the context of the selection. He has the necessary profile to play with us."

David is one of three keepers in the Spain squad alongside Brighton and Hove Albion's Robert Sanchez and Athletic Club's Unai Simon.

Kristoffer Ajer

Norway vs Slovakia: International Friendly, Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Friday 25 March, kick-off: 5pm

Norway vs Armenia: International Friendly, Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Tuesday 29 March, kick-off: 6pm

Kristoffer has been called up to the Norway team as they look to build towards the next UEFA Nations League campaign. They missed out on qualification for the World Cup , as they finished third in qualification Group G, behind Netherlands and Turkey, and did not make the final stages.

Norway’s Nations League campaign will start in June. They are in League B Group Four along with Sweden, Serbia and Slovenia.

Yoane Wissa

Congo DR vs Morocco: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Friday 25 March, kick-off: 3pm

Morocco vs Congo DR: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Tuesday 29 March, 8:30pm

Yoane Wissa has two very important fixtures for Congo DR this month as the Leopards look to secure their place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Ten African teams have been drawn to play two-legged ties with five winners reaching the tournament. Congo DR or Morocco will take one place.

If Congo DR reach the finals, it will be only the second time they have made an appearance. They qualified, as Zaire, in 1974 and travelled to West Germany as Africa’s representatives.

Frank Onyeka

Ghana vs Nigeria: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Friday 25 March, kick-off: 7:30pm

Nigeria vs Ghana: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Abuja National Stadium, Abuja, Tuesday 29 March, kick-off 6pm

Another of those ten teams looking for a World Cup place is Frank Onyeka’s Nigeria who will be looking to claim their place in the competition for seventh time. The Super Eagles will face Ghana in a two-legged tie which will see the winner progress to this winter’s event.

Frank has five caps for Nigeria. He earned this fifth in the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of the year.

Marcus Forss

Finland vs Iceland: International Friendly, Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Saturday 26 March, kick-off: 4pm

Finland vs Slovakia: International Friendly, Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Tuesday 29 March, kick-off: 5pm

Marcus Forss will be joining up with Finland as they head to Murcia to take on Iceland and Slovakia. Markku Kanerva's men missed out on qualification for this winter's FIFA World Cup in Qatar so these friendlies mark the beginning of preparations towards the 2024 European Championships.

Marcus, who is currently on loan with Sky Bet Championship side Hull City, has 11 caps to his name for his nation, scoring twice.

Mads Bidstrup

Denmark U21 vs Belgium U21: 2023 Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, MCH Arena, Herning, on Tuesday 29 March, kick-off: 7pm.

Mads and his teammates will be looking to firm up their position in their bid to qualify for the 2023 Under-21 European Championship. The team will head to Belek, Turkey, for warm weather training in preparation for their game against Belgium.

Denmark sit second on nine points from four games. The last time they faced Belgium they suffered their first and only defeat against the Group I leaders.

Mads, who is currently on loan at FC Nordsjælland, has won three of his four Under-21 caps during this qualifying campaign.

Roy Syla

Albania U21 vs Czech Republic U21: Under-21 European Championship 2023 Qualifying, Elbasan Arena, Albania Friday 25 March, kick-off: 6pm

Albania U21 vs England U21: Under-21 European Championship 2023 Qualifying, Elbasan Arena, Albania Tuesday 29 March, kick-off: 7:45pm

Brentford B midfielder Roy Syla has earned his first Albania Under-21 call-up as they look as they look to gain more points in their 2023 UEFA European U21 Championship bid. Over the next week they will take on Czech Republic and England. So far in qualifying the side have played six matches, winning three and losing three.

Roy has been involved with Albania at youth level before as an Under-17, as well for the Under-19 and Under-20 sides.

Albania, who currently sit third behind both upcoming opponents, need to top the group in order to progress to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in the summer of 2023. Runners-Up will enter Play-Offs for another chance at qualification.

Fin Stevens

Switzerland U21 vs Wales U21: Under-21 European Championship 2023 Qualifying, Stade de la Tuiliere, Lausanne, Friday 25 March, kick-off: 6pm

Wales U21 vs Bulgaria U21: Under-21 European Championship 2023 Qualifying, Rodney Parade, Newport, Tuesday 29 March, kick-off: 3pm

Fin will be heading out to group leaders Switzerland for their first fixture before returning home to face fifth place Bulgaria. Wales are currently fourth in their qualifying group following their victory over Gibraltar in November and will be looking to close in on the top of the group.

Nico Jones

Republic of Ireland U20 vs Ireland Amateur Selection: Friendly, Home Farm FC, Whitehall. Dublin, Tuesday 22 March, kick-off 7:30pm

Brentford B team defender Nico Jones has been involved with the Republic of Ireland at their Under-18 level, but this is the first time he’s making the step up to the Under-20s.

Jones will be part of a group who will be taking on Ireland Amateurs, and he’ll be hoping to stake his claim for a place in the Under-21 squad as the coaching staff take the opportunity to take a look at a new crop of players.

Deji Sotona was also named in the squad but will not be in action for the Republic of Ireland this week.

Daniel Oyegoke and Matt Cox

England U19 vs Republic of Ireland U19: Under-19 European Championship Qualifying 2023, Banks’s Football Stadium, Walsall, Wednesday 23 March, kick-off: 7:30pm

England U19 v Armenia U19: Under-19 European Championship Qualifying 2023, New York Stadium, Rotherham, Saturday 26 March, kick-off: 2pm

England U19 v Portugal U19: Under-19 European Championship Qualifying 2023, Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Tuesday 29 March, kick-off: 8:30pm

The Brentford B team duo will, once again, be linking up with the England Under-19 squad as they prepare to take on a trio of opponents. In the last international period in November, both players were part of the Under-19 set up as they secured their place in the Elite Qualifying Round after three matches in Sweden. Their last match, which was a 2-0 win over the Swedes, saw Matthew and Daniel play the full 90 minutes.

England will take part in three matches in six days to decide whether they earn a place in the UEFA European Under-19 Championships, being held in Slovakia this summer. The four teams will all face each other and the country that tops the group will make the finals.

Saman Ghoddos was due to be on duty with Iran but will miss out on his international action this week due to testing positive for COVID.

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