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Eight Eagles Set For International Action

28 August 2015


Eight Crystal Palace players have been called up for their countries for the upcoming international break.

Eagles pair Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey have been called up by Wales as they head into a qualification double header next week that could see them book their place at Euro 2016.

Chris Coleman’s side will face Cyprus and Israel knowing that wins in both of those games could seal their first qualification for a major championship since 1958, should results elsewhere go their way.

The Welsh will travel to Nicosia to take on Cyprus on Thursday before hosting Israel at the Cardiff City Stadium three days later.

Meanwhile James McArthur has been named in Scotland’s group for the crunch qualifying games against Georgia and Germany which will go a long way to determining whether the Scots will make the finals next summer.

Gordon Strachan’s side sit third in Group D having claimed 11 points from their six games and are just two points from an automatic qualification spot, with group leaders Poland taking on the Germans on Friday following Scotland’s game in Tblisi.

The world champions then head to Hampden the following Monday, with McArthur aiming to add to his 19 caps in those two games.

One man whose country have already made the finals is Yohan Cabaye with France qualifying as hosts, but he has been named in Les Blues’ squad for their friendlies against Portugal and Serbia which will take place on next Friday and the following Monday.

Outside of Europe another new signing could make his first appearance for his national side since moving to SE25 with Bakary Sako included in Mali’s squad for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin on Sunday. The Eagles winger has already won 14 caps for his country.

The same day Yannick Bolasie could be in action for the Democratic Republic of Congo as they are in action against the Central African Republic. The Leopards won their opening qualifier against Madagascar in June and will be aiming to secure a second in Bangui next week.

Pape Souare will look to add to his 13 caps for Senegal as they aim to continue their 100% start to qualifying when they take on Namibia next Saturday, having already beaten Burundi in June to start with a victory.

In Asia Chung-yong Lee has again been included in South Korea’s squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Laos and Lebanon. Lee won his 67th cap in their opening group victory against Myanmar in June.

Meanwhile Mile Jedinak has been forced to withdraw from the Australia squad who are set to play Bangladesh and Tajikstan after suffering a hamstring strain against Shrewsbury Town in the Capital one Cup on Tuesday night.

Thursday 3rd September
South Korea (Lee) v Laos 
World Cup qualifier – Hwaseong, South Korea (12pm)

Cyprus v Wales (Ledley, Hennessey)
Euro 2016 qualifier – Nicosia, Cyprus (7.45pm)

Friday 4th September
Georgia v Scotland (McArthur)
Euro 2016 qualifier - Tblisi, Georgia (5pm)

Portugal v France (Cabaye)
Friendly – Lisbon, Portugal (9.45pm)

Saturday 5th September
Namibia v Senegal (Souare)
2017 AFCON qualifier – Windhoek, Namibia (2.30pm)

Sunday 6th September 
Central African Republic v DR Congo (Bolasie)
2017 AFCON qualifier – Bangui, Central African Republic (3pm)

Benin v Mali (Sako) 
2017 AFCON qualifier - Cotonou, Benin (4pm)

Wales (Ledley, Hennessey) v Israel 
Euro 2016 qualifier – Cardiff City Stadium (5pm)

Monday 7th September
France (Cabaye) v Serbia
Friendly – Bordeaux, France (7.45pm)

Scotland (McArthur) v Germany
Euro 2016 qualifier – Hampden Park (7.45pm)

Tuesday 8th September
Lebanon v South Korea (Lee)
World Cup qualifier – Beirut, Lebanon (3pm)

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