International Bluebirds | October Results
A number of Cardiff City players from various age-groups were in action for their countries over the past week.
Midfielder Aron Gunnarsson tasted huge success as his Iceland side qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in the country’s history.
Gunnar skippered his nation as they ran out 3-0 winners against Turkey, and then secured their historic qualification with a 2-0 win at home against Kosovo, in which the 28-year-old played 79 minutes.
Neil Etheridge and the Philippines were held to a 1-1 draw in their Asian Cup Qualification clash with Yemen on Tuesday. The point earned in Qatar sees the Philippines stay at the top of their group, two points clear of Tajikistan.
Defender Bruno Ecuele Manga was unfortunately on the wrong end of two defeats in his fixtures for Gabon.
Manga was first in action as his side lost 3-0 in a tough World Cup qualifier against Morocco. The 29-year-old skipper was then back in the Gabon shirt as they played out a 1-0 friendly defeat to Benin three days later.
Three City youngsters were also in action as they got their Euro U21 qualifying campaign off to a very good start as they beat Liechtenstein 3-1. Cameron Coxe, Mark Harris and Rhys Abbruzzese all played a part in the victory, which saw Robert Page’s men triumph in Eschen.
Rounding up the young Bluebirds' international exploits, Wales U19 hosted Switzerland in two friendlies over the break, and five City players were involved. George Ratcliffe, Adam Sharif, Jack Bodenham, Sion Spence and James Waite managed a win and a loss, the 4-3 win coming on 3rd October whilst the 2-0 defeat came two days later.
Isaak Davies, Keenan Patten and Sam Bowen were also in action for Wales U17. The young Welsh side have played one of their three UEFA U17 Championship matches, losing 2-1 away in Hungary. They do have the chance to get back on track; however, with fixtures against Kosovo and the Netherlands coming up in the next week.