International Bluebirds: November Call-Ups
A number of Cardiff City squad members will be looking to take to the international stage in the upcoming international break, before the Bluebirds return to the Sky Bet Championship by travelling to face Charlton Athletic on November 23rd.
Having made 13 appearances for City so far this season, Leandro Bacuna will be travelling once again to play for Curaçao during the November international break.
The Caribbean nation currently lead their Group in the top division of the CONCACAF Nations League, which they share with Haiti and Costa Rica. Having played Haiti twice (drawing once and winning the other), the Curaçaoans will face Costa Rica for a second time on November 14th, having previously drawn 1-1 in their last meeting on October 14th.
With their opponents currently three points behind them on the table with a game in hand, a victory for Bacuna's side on Thursday would mean that they progress into the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Curaçao vs. Costa Rica, Ergilio Hato Stadium, 14/11/2019
Ciaron Brown & Gavin Whyte
Both Ciaron Brown and Gavin Whyte have once again been called up to Northern Ireland's squad by Michael O'Neill as they continue their 2020 Euro Qualifying campaign with matches against the Netherlands and Germany.
The Green & White Army were defeated by the Netherlands 3-1 in their last encounter, despite taking the lead at 75 minutes. Memphis Depay led the counter against Northern Ireland, scoring two goals to put the hosts ahead in Rotterdam last month.
Gavin Whyte appeared in his country's defeat against Germany, coming on as a substitute in the second half when the two sides last met in September. Northern Ireland are currently three points behind both of their opponents in the run up to these two November fixtures, with everything to play for as the campaign reaches its conclusion.
Northern Ireland vs. Netherlands, National Stadium, Belfast, 16/11/2019
Germany vs. NI, Frankfurt Stadium, 19/11/2019
Following a historic victory over their southern neighbours in October, Canada are once again heading out to face the USA during the November international break.
Junior Hoilett came on as a substitute in the match as the Kanucks went about defeating their opponents 2-0 at the BMO Field, Toronto, replacing goalscorer Alphonso Davies in the CONCACAF Nations League fixture.
Their place in the 2020 CONCACAF Gold Cup already secured thanks to three victories from three matches, an away victory against the USA in Orlando, Florida would surely be the crowning moment for an impressive campaign.
USA vs. Canada, Orlando FL, 15/11/2019
Having returned to playing in First Team matches for the Bluebirds, Neil Etheridge has been called up once again to represent the Philippines as they continue their 2022 World Cup Qualifiers campaign.
Currently placed third in their group, the Azkals will face Maldives on Thursday, 14th November, before then playing current group leaders Syria on November 20th, with victories against both nations potentially placing the Philippines at the top of the table by the end of this international break.
Maldives vs. Philippines, National Stadium, Maldives, 14/11/2019
Syria vs. Philippines, Rashid Stadium, Dubai, 19/11/2019
City midfielder Will Vaulks has been called up to Ryan Giggs' Wales squad, having last played for his country in September against Belarus in an international friendly at Cardiff City Stadium.
During the November international break, Wales will bring their 2020 Euro Qualifiers campaign to a close as they face Azerbaijan and then Hungary.
Victories against both sides would put Wales in good stead to finish second in the group, which would see the side through to the second consecutive UEFA European Championship. However, with the Dragons currently in fourth place on their group table, results elsewhere will also have to go their way to prove successful.
Azerbaijan vs. Wales, 8KM Stadium, Baku, 16/11/2019
Wales vs. Hungary, CCS, 19/11/2019
George Ratcliffe, Cameron Coxe & Mark Harris
Representing Wales' U21 side during the international break will be George Ratcliffe, Cameron Coxe and Mark Harris, who have all previously been called up for their country before.
Having lost against Moldova in October, Wales continue their Euro U21 Qualifiers against current table runners-up Bosnia & Herzegovina, who themselves were recently defeated by table leaders Germany.
Wales U21 vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, 19/11/2019
Five Young Bluebirds Join Wales' U19 Side
Joining Wales' U19 side for their upcoming group of fixtures will be young Bluebirds Isaak Davies, Keenan Patten, Dan Griffiths, Sam Bowen and Harry Pinchard.
Whilst Isaak Davies has made regular appearances for City's U18 side so far this season, picking up two goals in the process, Patten and Griffiths have been making a name for themselves in Cymru Premier side Penybont FC, also playing regularly as the club compete in their first season ever played in the division following their promotion run in the 2018/19 campaign.
Wales' U19 side will face Poland, Russia and Kosovo as they attempt to reach the 2020 UEFA Euro U19 Championship in Northern Ireland. These three fixtures will begin their qualification campaign, with more to follow in the coming months.
Wales U19 vs. Poland U19, Rodney Parade, 13/11
Wales U19 vs. Russia U19, Leckwith Stadium, 16/11
Wales U19 vs. Kosovo U19, Rodney Parade, 19/11