INTERNATIONAL BLUEBIRDS: SEPTEMBER 2015
Club News2nd September
Cardiff City went into the international break unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship, with a haul of nine points from their opening month of fixtures.
Of course, we will all be hoping that form continues when Huddersfield Town visit Cardiff City Stadium on 12th September.
However, for now, City fans can track the progress of a number of Bluebirds who have been called up to represent their national sides over the next week.
Read on for your complete guide to the Bluebirds playing in Europe, and further afield...
First up, congratulations are in order for City number one, David Marshall, who has once again been called up for Scotland’s European Qualifiers.
Marshall has been first choice for Gordon Strachan’s men throughout their campaign as they sit in third place behind Poland and Germany in Group D.
The Tartan Army travel to face Georgia in Tbilisi, before returning to Glasgow for a mammoth task at Hampden Park as they take on Germany.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Also competing in Group D, and just two points behind Scotland, are Republic of Ireland.
Martin O’Neill has included Anthony Pilkington in his squad to face Gibraltar away and Georgia at home on Friday and Monday respectively. Anthony will be hoping to add to his eight caps and help to keep Ireland in contention towards the top of a competitive group.
Declan John and Tommy O’Sullivan have been selected in Wales U21’s squad to travel to Luxembourg for their match in Esch Sur Alzette on Friday afternoon. Declan is also on stand-by for the Wales senior squad’s crucial qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.
Meanwhile, Rhys Abbruzzesse, Cameron Coxe and Lloyd Humphries are all included for Wales U19’s home match against Poland in Bangor.
Iceland skipper Aron Gunnarsson is also set to play an important role for his country. The midfielder has already netted twice in their campaign to date, including a vital goal against Czech Republic last time out.
The current leaders of Group A face a tough couple of fixtures this week as they look to continue their fine form. They first travel to the Amsterdam Arena to take on the Netherlands, before playing host to Kazakhstan back home at Laugardalsvöllur.
Finally, Bruno Ecuele Manga is the only member of Russell Slade’s squad on international duty outside of Europe, as he gets ever closer to earning fifty caps for his country, Gabon.
As hosts of the competition, the Panthers are exempt from the qualification process for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, instead playing two friendlies against Sudan, in Libreville, and Zambia, in Lusaka.
Everyone at Cardiff City would like to wish all of the above players the very best of luck in their international duties.