Four members of Town’s First Team represent their respective nations
- Philip Billing opens his account for Denmark U21s
- Jon Stanković, Steve Mounié and Mathias Zanka also feature
- Round-up following the first set of October 2018 international fixtures
Four members of Huddersfield Town’s First Team squad played for their respective nations during the first round of fixtures in the October 2018 international break.
Philip Billing (shown above) opened his account for Denmark’s Under-21s when making his eighth cap for the nation in the U21 Euro qualifier against Poland.
The midfielder put the Young Dane’s ahead before Poland equalised from the penalty spot just three minutes later.
Poland currently sits just one point and one place below league leader Denmark, with both countries striving for the automatic qualification space.
The young side will now take on Faroe Islands, who are second bottom in Group 3, knowing a win will secure their spot in the summer’s competition.
Steve Mounié earned his ninth cap for Benin as the Squirrels lost 2-0 to league leaders Algeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Benin currently sits second in Group D, two points ahead of Gambia and Togo. Mounié’s side will now face the league leaders at home on Tuesday.
Mathias Zanka featured in Denmark’s draw with the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League.
He earned his 17th cap as the Danes drew 0-0, which means they still top Group B4.
Denmark now has a rest of Nations League action and will face Austria on Tuesday in a friendly. Jonas Lössl didn’t feature in the match against the Republic of Ireland and still has one cap.
Jon Stanković was the final member of David Wagner’s First Team squad to play in the first round of October 2018 international break fixtures.
The defender earned his 17th cap for Slovenia’s Under-21s as the young side drew 1-1 with Bulgaria.
That result ended the Slovenia’s hopes of qualifying for this summer’s Under-21 European Championships.
Heading into the final Group 9 game against league leaders France, Slovenia sits second, five points ahead of Bulgaria.
Also, in U21 European action was Isaac Mbenza’s Belgium. His side beat Italy 1-0 in a friendly, however, he wasn’t involved.
Belgium now face second place Sweden in the final group match. The youngsters know a point or more will secure their place in this summer’s competition with Sweden sitting three points and a goal behind them.
Isaac has 10 caps for his country’s Under-21s, who are on a winning run of seven matches in Euro U21 Championship qualifying.
24-year-old full-back Florent Hadergjonaj was called back up to the Switzerland squad during this international break. Flo made his debut for the Swiss Senior Team in an international friendly against Belarus in June 2017 and could add to his solitary cap during this break.
Switzerland, managed by Vladimir Petković, lost 2-1 to Belgium in a UEFA National League clash, however, Flo was an unused substitute.
The nation will travel to Iceland on Monday 15 October 2018. The Swiss currently top Group A2.
Abdelhamid Sabiri also received his first call-up to the Germany Under-21 side during the current international break.
The young midfielder was named in the squad for the final U21 European Championship qualifying matches, however, he didn’t feature in the 2-1 win over Norway, which secured their place in this summer’s competition.
Germany’s Under-21s side will now face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday in the final group game.
Aaron Mooy received a call-up from Australia, however, he stayed at PPG Canalside after picking up a groin injury against Burnley.
The Socceroos face Kuwait in an international friendly during the break at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Monday 15 October 2018.
Here’s a full list of fixtures for Town’s internationals:
Monday 15 October 2018
5.30pm – Aaron Mooy – Kuwait vs AUSTRALIA
7.45pm – Florent Hadergjonaj – Iceland vs SWITZERLAND
Tuesday 16 October 2018
4pm – Steve Mounié – BENIN vs Algeria
5pm – Philip Billing – DENMARK U21 vs Faroe Islands U21
5pm - Jon Gorenc Stanković – France U21 vs SLOVENIA U21
5.15pm - Abdelhamid Sabiri - GERMANY U21 vs Republic of Ireland U21
5.30pm – Isaac Mbenza – Sweden U21 vs BELGIUM U21
7.45pm – Mathias Zanka and Jonas Lössl – DENMARK vs Austria
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