Steve Mounié starts as Benin get ready for the African Cup of Nations
- Mounié helps Benin beat Guinea in friendly
- Mathias Zanka helps Denmark beat Georgia
- Florent Hadergjonaj comes on in Kosovo’s win over Bulgaria
Preparations are going well for Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounié as he helped Benin to a 1-0 win over Guinea.
This was the Squirrels’ first friendly ahead of this summer’s African Cup of Nations. The Nation has only qualified for the competition four times since 1962.
Steve, who won his 14th cap for his country, thought he had put Benin ahead inside the first 30 minutes. The striker had the ball in the net, however, the referee had already blown for a Benin free-kick. Fortunately for the Squirrels Stéphane Sessegnon’s set piece flew into the back of the net.
Benin will continue to prepare for the major competition. To find out more about their opponents please CLICK HERE!
Two Huddersfield Town players featured during this summer’s 2020 European Championship qualifiers.
Full-back Florent Hadergjonaj earned his first cap for Kosovo in the Nation’s 3-2 win over Bulgaria in Group A.
Flo received the call-up after switching his international allegiance from Switzerland and made his first appearance in the second of two games this summer.
After this summer’s qualifiers, Kosovo sits third in Group A behind after a win over Bulgaria and a draw against Montenegro. Flo’s Nation is only one point behind league leader England.
The second Terrier to appear for his nation was Mathias Zanka.
The defender earned his 23rd cap following’s Denmark’s 5-1 win over Georgia in Group D.
Zanka, however, didn’t appear in the Danes’ first qualifier this summer as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland.
Denmark currently sits second in Group D with five points from three games. The Danes, though, are five points behind league leader the Republic of Ireland.
23-year-old defender Jon Gorenc Stanković was called-up by Slovenia for the summer qualifiers, however, he was an unused substitute in both games.
Jon is yet to make his Senior Team debut, although he has 18 caps for the Nation’s Under-21s.
Slovenia lost to Austria 1-0 on Friday 7 June 2019 before beating Latvia 5-0 away from home this evening (Monday 10 June 2019).
Jon’s nation currently sits fourth in Group G with five points from four games. Slovenia is seven points behind leader Poland.
Ryan Schofield earned his sixth cap for England’s Under-20s against Portugal in the Toulon tournament.
The Young Lions were beaten 3-2 by Portugal, however, after that game the youngsters returned back to Huddersfield following an injury.
England’s Under-20s were knocked out of the Toulon tournament during the group stages.
This summer both Philip Billing and Isaac Mbenza have been named in their nations’ 23-man squads for the U21 European Championships. CLICK HERE to find out more about their upcoming games.