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Eight Called Up For International Action

2 October 2015

Eight Eagles have been called up for full international duty over the course of the next fortnight.

Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley have been named in the Wales squad that need just a point from their final two qualification games to reach Euro 2016. Their first opportunity will come against Bosnia and Herzegovina next Saturday, before they round off their campaign with a home game against Andorra at the Cardiff City Stadium the following Tuesday.

The Eagles duo has also been joined in the squad by Jonny Williams, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, and could finally seal their spot in the finals in France next summer after coming so close to doing so in the last round of matches.

Scotland also have a slim chance of making the finals, but need four points from their final two games and hope results elsewhere go their way if they are to earn a play-off berth. James McArthur will be hoping to help his side’s chances as he has been named in their squad to play Poland and Gibraltar next Thursday and Sunday respectively.

Yohan Cabaye’s France will be watching with interest at the culmination of the European group stages having already booked their place in the competition as hosts, and they continue their preparations with friendlies against Armenia and Denmark, with the Eagles midfielder once again named in Les Bleus’ squad.

There’s no qualification games in Africa during this break, but three more Palace players will be in friendly action. Yannick Bolasie’s Democratic Republic of Congo side will take on Nigeria and Gabon in Belgium, while Bakary Sako will face Burkina Faso in France next Friday and Pape Souare’s Senegal travel to Algeria for their game on Tuesday 13th October.

Meanwhile two Palace players’ countries will go head to head in Seoul but injury has denied Chung-yong Lee a chance to play against Adrian Mariappa, with the South Korean winger pulling out of their squad for the game against Jamaica.

At other age levels, Palace youngsters Jason Lokilo and Aaron Bissaka have been called up for DR Congo’s under-18 side that will take on England’s under-20s at St George’s Park next Wednesday.

Thursday 8th October
Scotland (McArthur) v Poland
Euro 2016 qualifier – Glasgow, 7.45pm

France (Cabaye) v Armenia
Friendly – Nice, France, 7.45pm

DR Congo (Bolasie) v Nigeria
Friendly, Goose Vise, Belgium, 8pm

Friday 9th October
Burkina Faso v Mali (Sako) 
Friendly, Troyes, France, TBA

Saturday 10th October
Bosnia and Herzegovina v Wales (Hennessey, Ledley)
Euro 2016 qualifier – Zenica, Bosnia, 7.45pm

Sunday 11th October
Gibraltar v Scotland (McArthur)
Euro 2016 qualifier – Faro, Portugal, 7.45pm

Denmark v France (Cabaye)
Friendly – Copenhagen, Denmark, 7.45pm

Monday 12th October
DR Congo (Bolasie) v Gabon
Friendly – Goose Vise, Belgium, 9pm

Tuesday 13th October
South Korea v Jamaica (Mariappa)
Friendly – Seoul, South Korea, 12pm

Wales (Hennessey, Ledley) v Andorra
Euro 2016 qualifier – Cardiff, 7.45pm

Algeria v Senegal (Souare)
Friendly, Algiers – 8.30pm

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