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EFL: International Round-Up

29 March 2017

A number of EFL players have been on international duty over the last week, leaving behind domestic football to go and represent their country.

We've taken a look at some of the stand-out moments from the international break, and our congratulations go to all who featured – unfortunately we can't name everyone!


Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March caught the eye on Tuesday evening, firing home an unstoppable effort as England Under-21s defeated Denmark U21 in a warm-up for this summer's European Championship in Sweden.

Great to end the week with the 21's with my first England goal ⚽️🦁🦁🦁

— Solomon March (@Solly_March) March 28, 2017

Cauley Woodrow, on loan at Burton Albion from Fulham, also found the net, while Norwich City's Jacob Murphy and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish registered assists.

EFL Young Player of the Season nominee John Swift was one of numerous other EFL players to feature in age-group international fixtures over the past few days, while a special mention goes to England U20s, who won the Four Nations Tournament in France.

#EFLAwards: Click here to see the 2017 shortlists

Oxford United's Ryan Ledson – February's Young Player of the Month – was among a host of players to star as England got the better of Portugal, Senegal and France. Newcastle United were one of the clubs to congratulation their future stars on their success.

And congratulations to @AdamArma9 and @41Woodman41, who were part of the @England Under-20 squad that won the Four Nations tournament. #NUFC

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 29, 2017

Northern Ireland and Scotland

Conor Washington made it three goals in three Windsor Park starts, with the Queens Park Rangers man contributing to Northern Ireland's World Cup Qualifying 2-0 win over Norway on Sunday. Burton's Jamie Ward also got himself onto the scoresheet.

💬 #QPR striker @CWashington1992 admits he is delighted to be flourishing for both club and country:

— QPR FC (@QPRFC) March 28, 2017

Fulham's Chris Martin grabbed the only goal of the game as Scotland defeated Slovenia 1-0 in Sunday's qualifier, while Cottagers team-mate Tom Cairney was handed his debut a few days earlier, setting up the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Canada.

Republic of Ireland

Four Sky Bet Championship players made their Ireland debut on Tuesday, including Brentford's John Egan.

It wasn't just a cap that Egan picked up – he took an early knock to the head which required bandaging, but that didn't stop the centre-back delivering an assured performance.

Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane also started as the Irish fell to a 1-0 defeat against Iceland, while Preston North End duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle came off the bench for a first appearance in the famous green shirt.

However, it was a Bristol City man who settled matters in Dublin, Hordur Magnusson scoring the decisive free-kick, drawing praise from Calum O'Dowda – a fellow Robin, but opposition on the night. It's back to business in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Proud to get another cap for my Country. Congrats @HordurM34 on your goal! 🔥🔥 Now back to where we left off #BristolCity 🔴🔴

— Callum O'Dowda (@CallumODowda) March 29, 2017


Over to the other side of the world, where Burton get another mention, after Jackson Irvine registered his first goal for Australia.

It won't come as a surprise to Brewers fans that the goal in the 2-0 Qualifying win against UAE came via Irvine's head, and the midfielder was delighted to open his account Down Under.

On scoring, he reflected to the club's website: “[It is] such a proud moment, especially to do it on home soil in front of my family. An incredibly special moment.”

Rest of the World

Walsall stopper Neil Etheridge played for the Philippines as they defeated Nepal 4-1 to get their AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start, while fellow Saddler Andreas Makris featured for Cyprus in their World Cup Qualifer against Estonia.

Read more: Click here to read Walsall's international round-up

Leeds United loanee Modou Barrow grabbed his first goal for The Gambia in their 2-1 win over the Central African Republic, while Chris Wood took his Sky Bet Championship form to the international stage, scoring in New Zealand's 2-0 win against Fiji.

Pontus Jansson was another of several Whites players on duty, featuring in back-to-back Sweden wins over Belarus and Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo? No problem!

Always proud to play for my country and specially with two good wins. Thanks for those 10 days together! 🇸🇪✈

— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) March 29, 2017

Finally, Sheffield Wednesday's Atdhe Nuhiu picked up his first cap for Kosovo, against Iceland, and marked it with a goal by heading home in the second half of a 2-1 defeat.

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