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International Bluebirds: City's March call-ups

A full round-up of this week's globetrotting Bluebirds...

22 March 2018

A number of Cardiff City squad members will be looking to continue their good form on the international stage this week, before the Bluebirds host Burton Albion at Cardiff City Stadium on Good Friday.

Callum Paterson

Fresh from scoring his eighth goal of the season against Brentford last week, Callum Paterson has been selected in Alex McLeish’s first Scotland squad since he was re-appointed.

The 23-year-old has joined up with his international teammates for their duo of international friendlies, first hosting Costa Rica at Hampden Park on 23rd March before travelling to face Hungary in Budapest three days later.

Scotland vs. Costa Rica, Hampden Park, Fri 23 March
Hungary vs. Scotland, Groupama Arena, Tues 27 March

Aron Gunnarsson

Having been a notable injury absentee for the Bluebirds, Gunnar is set to get some international match action under his belt, as he eyes a swift return for City's Sky Bet Championship run-in.

His Iceland side travel to USA to face Mexico in California on Saturday 24th March, before going up against Peru on the 27th in New Jersey. Neil Warnock recently explained that Gunnar will likely continue his return from injury with an appearance in Iceland's opening fixture.

Mexico vs. Iceland, Levi’s Stadium, Sat 24 March
Iceland vs. Peru, Red Bull Arena, Mon 26 March 

Neil Etheridge

City’s in-form 'keeper could be set to make history on the international stage, as he travels for two fixtures at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

First, a friendly against Fiji on the 22nd March, before a crucial Asian Cup Qualifier against Tajikistan five days later. The Philippines will be looking to extend their unbeaten five-game run - and a draw or victory would see them qualify for the tournament for the first time in the nation's history.

Philippines vs. Fiji, Rizal Memorial Stadium, Thurs 22 March
Philippines vs. Tajikistan, Rizal Memorial Stadium, Tues 27 March

Marko Grujić

Our Liverpool loanee's fine recent performances in the City shirt have been rewarded with a call-up for Serbia's upcoming friendlies.

Starting with their fixture against Morocco on Friday 23rd March, Serbia will then take on Nigeria at the Hive Stadium – the home of League Two side Barnet – on Tuesday 27th March.

Serbia vs. Morocco, Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Fri 23 March
Nigeria vs. Serbia, The Hive Stadium, Tues 27 March

Bruno Ecuele Manga

Bruno is another who will be away with his country in the next week, as he travels to Thailand for the King's Cup.

The international tournament hosted by the Football Association of Thailand will see his Gabon side face the hosts, before going on to play either UAE or Slovakia.

Thailand vs. Gabon, Thurs 22 March
Gabon vs. UAE or Slovakia, Sun 25 March 

Armand Traoré

28-year-old Armand will join up with Senegal as they also play two international friendlies before next weekend.

Their first encounter takes place in Morocco against Uzbekistan on 23rd March, before they travel to France four days later to face Bosnia and Herzegovina at Le Havre's Stade Océane.

Senegal vs. Uzbekistan, Fri 23 March
Senegal vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Stade Océane, Tues 27 March 

Jamie Ward

Jamie Ward has been named in the Northern Ireland squad, that have just the one fixture on Saturday 24th March.

Ward, another Bluebird eyeing a return from the sidelines, was called up for Michael O’Neill’s side as they host Korea Republic at Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland vs. Korea Republic Windsor Park, Sat 24 March

Wales U23s

The Bluebirds also have three representatives in the Welsh U23 side for their upcoming Euro qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Rhys Abbruzzese, Cameron Coxe and Mark Harris have all been selected by Robert Page for this fixture, which takes place on Friday 23rd March.

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Wales, Football Training Centre Zenica, Fri 23 March


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