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YOUTH INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP – MARCH 2015

30 March 2015

Absalom and Purzycki on duty with Wales and Poland during March internationals.

  • A closer look at Latics’ international involvement this month.
  • Wales U17s and Kelland Absalom narrowly miss out on UEFA progression.
  • Adrian Purzycki featured twice for Poland U18s in friendly tournament.
Wigan Athletic’s youth team goalkeeper Kelland Absalom and midfielder Adrian Purzycki represented their respective countries Wales and Poland this month, both adding to their youth international caps.

Wales’ Under 17s and Absalom narrowly missed out on progression through to the 2015 UEFA U17 Championships in Bulgaria this summer, as they finished third in the Elite Group Stage hosted in Russia last week.

Things began positively for the Young Dragons, with a 0-0 draw against hosts Russia on Saturday 21 March, before a 3-2 defeat to eventual group winners Austria on Monday 23 damaged their chances of progression.

Absalom was ever present across all three games, earning a clean sheet in the final fixtures as Wales won 1-0 against Iceland, to finish just one point behind second placed Russia who qualified alongside Austria.

The 17-year-old has now featured eight times for Wales at this level.

Over in Latvia, Adrian Purzycki travelled with Poland Under 18s for a friendly tournament involving their hosts, alongside Georgia and Ukraine.

The 17-year-old played 90 minutes in their opening fixture, a 1-0 win against Georgia on Tuesday 24, and played the first half in a 1-1 draw against Latvia on Wednesday 25, before travelling back to England prior to the final game against Ukraine.

Purzycki has now represented Poland six times at Under 18 level.

Elsewhere, Matty Hamilton was forced to pull out of Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Under 21 Championship qualifier against Andorra last Thursday with a stomach injury.  Ireland won the match 1-0.

Earlier today news was confirmed that Purzycki, along with five others, has been offered a professional contract at the club.

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