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Nine Eagles Get International Call-Ups

21 March 2016


Nine Crystal Palace players have been called up for their countries for the latest international break.

A number of these face crucial qualifiers in the race to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, with Mile Jedinak kicking things off for Australia on Thursday, in a game which could see him equal Aki Riihilahti's Palace record of 36 caps won whilst in SE25.

The Socceroos could seal a spot in the next phase of qualifying, something Chung-yong Lee's South Korea have already done as they look to maintain their 100% start to qualifying against Lebanon.

In Africa Yannick Bolasie will be hoping to get DR Congo's campaign back on track when they face group leaders Angola in a double-header, while Pape Souare could help Senegal reach the next phase if they claim two wins against Niger.

Adrian Mariappa's Jamaica face a tricky pair of games against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF region ahead of another busy summer for the Reggae Boyz who are set to play in the centennial Copa America in the USA in June.

There's no such pressure in Europe with just friendly matches scheduled ahead of Euro 2016, but Yohan Cabaye will be aiming to nail down a spot in Les Bleus' squad with some good performances against the Netherlands and Russia. 

Wales meanwhile take on Northern Ireland and Ukraine, with Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey and Jonny Williams all included in Chris Coleman's gathering.

There are some notable absentees, with Emmanuel Adebayor pulling out of Togo's squad to take on Tunisia to focus on his club form, and Bakary Sako missing Mali's upcoming qualifiers to focus on regaining full fitness.

Full list of Eagles in action:
(All times GMT/BST)

Thursday 24th March
Australia (Jedinak) v Tajikistan 
2018 World Cup qualifier, Adelaide - 10am

South Korea (Lee) v Lebanon
2018 World Cup qualifier, Ansan – 12pm

Wales (Ledley, Hennessey, Williams) v Northern Ireland
Friendly, Cardiff – 7.45pm

Friday 25th March
Netherlands v France (Cabaye)
Friendly, Amsterdam – 7.45pm

Jamaica (Mariappa) v Costa Rica
2018 World Cup qualifier, Kingston – 11pm

Saturday 26th March
DR Congo (Bolasie) v Angola
2017 AFCON qualifier, Kinshasa – 3.30pm

Senegal (Souare) v Niger
2017 AFCON qualifier, Dakar – 6pm

Sunday 27th March
Thailand v South Korea (Lee)
Friendly, Bangkok – 1.30pm

Monday 28th March
Ukraine v Wales (Ledley, Hennessey, Williams)
Friendly, Kiev – 7pm

Tuesday 29th March
Australia (Jedinak) v Jordan
2018 World Cup qualifier, Sydney - 10am   

Niger v Senegal (Souare)
2017 AFCON qualifier, Niamey – 3pm

Angola v DR Congo (Bolasie)
2017 AFCON qualifier, Luanda – 5pm

France (Cabaye) v Russia
Friendly, Paris – 8pm

Wednesday 30th March
Costa Rica v Jamaica (Mariappa)
2018 World Cup qualifier, San Jose – 3am

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