Despite the Premier League season coming to a close, seven Palace players have been called up fr international duty next month, including Adrian Mariappa who has been named in Jamaica’s preliminary training squad for next month’s Copa America competition in Chile.
The Reggae Boyz were invited to participate in the South American tournament as guests and should he make the final cut Mariappa could face Argentina, holders Uruguay and Paraguay in a tough group.
It all kicks off for the Jamaican side on the 13th June, with their final group game scheduled a week later. They will also compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup later in the summer when North America’s finest sides do battle in their continental competition.
Closer to home, Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey have been called up to the Wales squad to face Belgium in a crunch Euro 2016 qualifier in Cardiff on 12th June.
Both sides are tied at the top of the group with 11 points from their opening five games, and a win for either side would hand them a great chance of making it to the finals in France next year – which for Wales would end a long wait for tournament football which stretches back to 1958.
Scotland will also be in action next month when they travel to the Republic of Ireland for a qualifier on the 13th June, and Palace pair James McArthur and Barry Bannan have been called up for Gordon Strachan’s side. The Scots will also play a home friendly against Qatar to prepare for the game on the 5th June.
Mile Jedinak has also been called up for Australia’s opening World Cup qualifier in Kyrgyzstan on 16th June as they aim to reach a fourth consecutive finals in Russia in 2018.
Yannick Bolasie has been named in the DR Congo squad for their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon in Kinshasa on 14th June. The Leopards will also have friendlies against Burkina Faso (2nd June) and Cameroon (8th June) in preparation for their first qualifier after finishing third in this year’s competition.