How are Derby County’s players faring on international duty?

Derby County players on international duty - how are they faring?

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With the attention off Derby County this weekend, the focus has switched to those Rams on international duty.

Derby have had a host of players sporting their country’s shirt this past week, so we have taken a look at whether or not they have been impressing.

Harry Wilson (Wales):

Wales will end their international break with two victories, having beaten both Trinidad & Tobago and Slovakia 1-0.

Wilson was an unused substitute in the friendly against the South American side due to a lack of fitness but returned to the starting line-up in their final match.

The win over Slovakia may prove vital for Wilson and his fellow Welshman, as they aim for one of the two automatic qualifying places for Euro 2020.

Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland):

Republic of Ireland got their Euro qualifying campaign off to a positive start on Saturday, with a 1-0 win against Gibraltar thanks to a goal from former Ram Jeff Hendrick.

Richard Keogh played the full 90 minutes in defence, sporting a cast on his arm after breaking his hand during Derby County’s clash with Stoke earlier this month.

Republic of Ireland are set to take on Georgia tomorrow in their second qualifier.

Fikayo Tomori (England U21): 

Fikayo Tomori put in a man-of-the-match performance for England U21s, as the Three Lions were held to a draw against Poland.

The Chelsea loanee impressed in the heart of the defence for the U21 side, helping them to extend their unbeaten run to a staggering 26 matches.

England will take on Germany in another friendly tomorrow evening.

Kyle McAllister (Scotland U21): 

Scotland U21 earned a draw against Mexico on Friday, in a game that saw Kyle McAllister make his international debut.

McAllister was brought in to replace Aberdeen forward Connor McLennan after last competing for his country for the U17 squad three years ago.

The Scots took on Sweden this afternoon and were defeated 2-1 in a game that saw McAllister dropped from the squad.

Timi Elsnik & Sven Karic (Slovenia U21): 

Timo Elsnik and Sven Karic were handed their international debuts on Friday in a friendly against Georgia.

However, the pair were unable to prevent their side from falling to defeat in a disappointing 3-0 loss.

Jason Knight & Festy Obosele (Republic of Ireland U19): 

The Republic of Ireland U19s have so far enjoyed a very successful international break, with two victories in a row.

The first of two qualifiers saw the side put five past Romania, followed by a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan on Saturday.

Jason Knight scored the second of the three goals, playing the full 90 minutes in Russia. Festy Obosele came on in the final few minutes of the game – but didn’t really have any time to make much impact.

The Irishmen will play their final qualifier against Russia on Tuesday.

Morgan Whittaker (England U18):

The England U18s competed in the UAE Sports Chain Cup in Dubai during the international break, finishing the tournament in second place.

Morgan Whittaker grabbed a goal against Japan in a 4-1 victory and played a vital part in the side’s dramatic 3-2 win over Mexico – with the two matches sandwiching an unfortunate loss against Czech Republic.

Eiran Cashin & Jaden Charles (Republic of Ireland U18): 

Republic of Ireland U18s played Turkey twice in three days over the weekend, failing to score in both.

The first game saw Turkey leave victorious, after putting four past Ireland. That will be a day to forget for Eiran Cashin, whilst Jaden Charles only made a brief appearance in the last 15 minutes.

Republic of Ireland managed to avoid embarrassment for a second time after they fought out a 0-0 stalemate in Saturday’s meeting.

Cashin was dropped from the squad following the 4-0 loss, with Charles being called up to the startling line-up.

Harry Halwax (Republic of Ireland U17): 

Similar to the U18s, Republic of Ireland U17s are set to take on Finland today for the second time, after losing 1-0 to the same side on Friday.

Harry Halwax took his place in between the sticks during the loss and, if he starts again today, then he will have to face a penalty shoot-out.