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MALONEY SET TO FACE McCLEAN IN CRUNCH EURO QUALIFIER

9 November 2014

Six Latics stars set for international duty in the next fortnight.

  • Republic of Ireland and Scotland in search of vital points in qualification campaign
  • Kvist and Huws likely to feature in crucial qualifiers for Denmark and Wales respectively
  • Honduras friendly for Figueroa, Al Habsi set for Gulf Cup

Shaun Maloney and James McClean have both received call-ups to their respective countries’ provisional squads for two Euro 2016 qualifiers in the next ten days.

The Latics pair could go head-to-head when Scotland meet the Republic of Ireland on Friday in Glasgow in Group D with Martin O’Neill’s Ireland looking to go top ahead of a friendly with the USA four days later.

Gordon Strachan’s Scotland, who face England at Celtic Park in a friendly the following Monday, would go level on points with their visitors with a win.

Elsewhere, Emyr Huws may feature for Wales for the first time since early September as Chris Coleman’s side travel to Belgium in Group B on Sunday.

Huws and his teammates know a win in Brussels would help their qualification hopes no end with the potential of a six-point gap being opened up on the group favourites.

Wales currently lead the group and will stay there going into the New Year if they avoid defeat and Israel fail to defeat Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Meanwhile, William Kvist is in Denmark’s provisional squad to travel to Belgrade to face Serbia in a crunch clash in Group I.

The Danes know defeat would put a huge dent in their qualification hopes with the hosts, Portugal and Armenia all having a game in hand.

Morten Olsen’s side have picked up four points from their opening three games and an away win would ensure they remain in the top two of the five-team group going into the New Year.

In international friendly action, Maynor Figueroa will travel to Asia with Honduras to face Japan and China on Friday and Monday respectively.

Also in Asia, Ali Al Habsi’s Oman being their Gulf Cup campaign in Saudi Arabia with a group clash against the UAE on Friday.

Further group clashes with Iraq and Kuwait will determine whether Paul Le Guen’s side make the semi-finals which are scheduled for Sunday 23rd November.

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