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International Bluebirds: City stars on the international stage

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Ahead of City's return to Sky Bet Championship football on Saturday, we take a look how our international Bluebirds fared during the international break...


Leandro Bacuna - Curaçao 

City midfielder Leandro Bacuna once again represented his country during the international break, playing for the full 90 minutes in Curaçao's CONCACAF Nations League fixture against Costa Rica. 

The Curaçaoans were unfortunate to slip to second place in their group as they lost 2-1 against their South American opponents, conceding a late goal scored by left back Francisco Calvo.

Gavin Whyte & Ciaron Brown - Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's European Qualifying campaign came to its conclusion during the November international break, as the Green and White Army finished in third place behind Germany and the Netherlands.

Gavin Whyte featured for the full match against the Netherlands as his side drew 0-0 against Oranje at Windsor Park, while Ciaron Brown remained on the bench for his country's second match of the break against Germany, as Martin O'Neill's side lost 6-1 at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt.

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Junior Hoilett - Canada 

City winger Junior Hoilett came onto the field as a second half substitute as Canada were defeated 4-1 by rivals USA in Orlando, Florida.

The Kanucks, who defeated USA 2-0 at home last month, slipped to second place in their CONCACAF Nations League match, with the difference between the two sides being on goal difference.

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Neil Etheridge - Philippines

City's number 1 returned to play for the Philippines during the international break, playing throughout both of his nation's matches as the Azkals continued their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Defeating the Maldives 2-1 before losing against group leaders Syria, Philippines are now in third place in their group, and are currently level on points with China, with whom they drew 0-0 last month. 

The Azkals will continue their campaign in March, as they look to face Guam at home in the Panaad Stadium.

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Will Vaulks - Wales

City midfielder Will Vaulks made an appearance as substitute for Wales against Azerbaijan as Wales marched towards theiir third major international tournament in the country's history.

Defeating their opponents away from home in Baku, the Dragons then returned to Wales to host Hungary at CCS, in a winner-takes-all match to close off the campaign.

With two unanswered goals from former Bluebird Aaron Ramsey, Wales secured their place in the 2020 UEFA European Championship in front of over 30,000 in the Welsh Capital.

George Ratcliffe & Mark Harris - Wales U21

George Ratcliffe and Mark Harris both played for the full match against Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on Tuesday, 19th November.

The young Welshmen held their own as Ratcliffe held a clean sheet, pushing the young Dragons up into third place in their UEFA EURO U21 Qualifying group.

In March they will continue their international campaign with two matches, against Moldova at home and then Germany away.

Harry Pinchard

Isaak Davies, Keenan Patten, Dan Griffiths, Sam Bowen & Harry Pinchard - Wales U19

Five young Bluebirds made appearances for the young Wales side during the November international break, as they kicked off their UEFA EURO U19 Qualifying Round against Poland, Russia and Kosovo.

Goals from Keenan Patten and Harry Pinchard helped the side along in their matches, leaving Wales at the top of their group with two victories and a draw recorded against tough European competition.