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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP - MARCH 2015

27 March 2015

Al Habsi, Kvist, Mckay and Ojo feature as Boyce's Barbados qualify,

  • Al Habsi, Kvist and Mckay featured in friendlies on Wednesday.
  • Ojo featured for England U18s in 1-0 win against Switzerland.
  • Boyce's Barbados win 4-0 to qualify for second round.

Latics' first teamers kicked off the international period with a generally positive haul of results, with the stand-out scoreline coming from Oman, as Ali Al Habsi captained his side to a 6-0 victory over Malaysia on Thursday, in preparation for their second friendly against Algeria in Qatar on Monday.

Oman eased to victory, but Al Habsi was forced into the games earliest flash point to deny Norshahrul Idlan Talaha. From then it was easy pickings for Paul Le Guen's team.

Later in the evening Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo was in action for England Under 18s as they won 1-0 against Switzerland at St. George's Park.  The 17-year-old was involved in early chances and linked up well Dominic Solanke and winning goal scorer Adam Armstrong.

Across the Atlantic on Thursday in the US Virgin Islands, Emmerson Boyce's Barbados sealed progression into the second round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup as they eased past their hosts 4-0, turning around a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.

On Wednesday evening William Kvist played 45 minutes for Denmark as Nicklas Bendtner scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 victory against USA, whilst Billy Mckay collected his 10th cap for Northern Ireland as a 75th minute substitute in their narrow 1-0 defeat to Scotland at Hampden Park.


COMING UP

The international fixtures continue this weekend and into next week for Latics, with Kim Bo-Kyung in action for South Korea against Uzbekistan today (27 March) and against New Zealand on Tuesday (31 March).

Ojo will be hoping to continue his progression with England's U18s when they host Switzerland for a second time, at Banks's Stadium on Saturday (28 March).

On Sunday James McClean and Billy Mckay could feature for their respective countries in the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers, as McClean's Republic of Ireland host Poland and Mckay's Northern Ireland host Finland, whilst Kvist's Denmark visit St. Etienne for a friendly against France.

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