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23 March 2015

We preview the March internationals as six Latics players are called up.

  • James McClean and Billy Mckay called up for Euro 2016 qualifiers.
  • Emmerson Boyce in Barbados squad for 2018 World Cup qualifier.
  • Kvist, Al Habsi and Kim all set for friendlies.
Six members of the Wigan Athletic first team squad have been called up for this week’s international matches, with Euro 2016 qualifiers and a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on the agenda.

William Kvist, Billy Mckay, Ali Al Habsi, Emmerson Boyce, Kim Bo-Kyung and James McClean could all be in action this week, with fixtures for their respective countries scheduled from Wednesday 25 March to Tuesday 31 March.

Denmark and Northern Ireland kick off the action for Latics players, with Kvist’s Danes hosting USA on Wednesday in a friendly in Aarhus, whilst Mckay’s Northern Ireland go head-to-head with Scotland in Glasgow at 7.45pm.

On Thursday Al Habsi’s Oman will face Malaysia in Muscat, whilst Boyce hopes to take part in Barbados’ 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier second leg away to US Virgin Islands.  Kim Bo-Kyung continues the action on Friday when South Korea host Uzbekistan in Daejon.

Sunday could see three players all involved on the same day, as Denmark travel for their second friendly of the fixtures against France in St. Etienne.  Euro 2016 qualifiers will also take place, as Mckay’s Northern Ireland host Finland at 5.00pm in Belfast and McClean’s Republic of Ireland host Poland in Dublin at 7.45pm.

The final two senior international fixtures for Latics player will take place on Monday 30 March and Tuesday 31 March as Oman travel to Qatar for a friendly with Algeria and South Korea host New Zealand in Seoul.


As of today (Monday 23 March), goalkeeper Kelland Absalom has represented Wales’ Under 17s twice so far in their UEFA Elite Group Stage, keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Russia in the opening fixture on Saturday, but tasting defeat early this morning 3-2 at the hands of group leaders Austria.

Under 18s midfielder Adrian Purzycki will represent Poland’s Under 18s in a series of fixtures this week, with Development Squad forward Matthew Hamilton also called up to Republic of Ireland’s Under 21s.

For a closer look at this week’s youth internationals, please [click here].

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