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Nine Eagles In International Call-Ups

6 October 2014


Neil Warnock has seen nine of his first-team squad depart to all four corners of the globe for international duty over the course of the next fortnight.

As well as Welsh trio Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey and the on-loan Jonny Williams called up for Chris Coleman's side's Euro 2016 home qualifiers against Bosnia and Cyprus, Scottish pair James McArthur and Barry Bannan have been included in the party that will take on Georgia on Friday night before travelling to Warsaw to play Poland three days later.

After narrowly losing to Germany in their opening qualifier last time out, McArthur and Bannan will hope to give the Tartan Army something to cheer as they aim to qualify for their first major finals since the 1998 World Cup.

Scotland were drawn in the same group as Kevin Doyle's Republic of Ireland side, and they host new-boys Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday before facing the world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen the following Tuesday, with Damien Delaney placed on their standby list should any injuries occur.

The Irish scraped a 2-1 victory in Georgia last month and will be hopeful of heading into the clash with Germany with two victories from their opening two games.

Over in Africa Yannick Bolasie's Democratic Republic of Congo will be aiming to continue their solid start to qualification for January's Africa Cup of Nations, having picked up three points from their first two games and currently occupy an automatic qualification spot in their group.

This week will see them take on the Ivory Coast twice in the space of four days, starting at home in Kinshasa on Saturday before facing them again next Wednesday in Abidjan. 

Another side who have made a good start to booking their place in the finals are Algeria, and Adlene Guedioura will be aiming to play a part in helping them maintain their 100% record during a double-header against Malawi on the same dates.

One man who will definitely be representing his country in tournament action at the start of next year will be Mile Jedinak, with his Australia side qualifying automatically for the Asian Cup by as hosts. Their latest friendly matches will see the Socceroos captain face the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Friday, and then Qatar in Doha on Tuesday.

Also in friendly action could be Adrian Mariappa who is part of the Jamaican squad who are flying to the Far East to take on Japan on Friday, looking to win their first game since March.  

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