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INTERNATIONAL NEWS: SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND AND EGYPT ALL IN OCTOBER ACTION

13 October 2018

The latest from our internationals as Kyle Joseph, Owen Evans and Will Grigg all featured on Friday evening.

  • Internationals: Will Grigg hits the post in late attempt to save Northern Ireland a point in Austria.
  • Samy Morsy's Egypt crush Swaziland 4-1 to go to of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group.
  • Owen Evans and Kyle Joseph feature for Wales U21s and Scotland U18s respectively.

Will Grigg - Northern Ireland

It was another tough evening in the UEFA Nations League for former Latics midfielder Michael O'Neill and his Northern Ireland side as they fell to 1-0 defeat against Austria in Vienna.

West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic hit the crucial goal in the 71st minute, with Will Grigg introduced from the bench eight minutes later. His first act within four minutes of coming on was the glance an effort agonisingly off the post, with what would have earned a crucial point in Northern Ireland's campaign.



Defeat leaves the Green and White Army bottom of League B Group Three on zero points, with a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina to contend with on Monday.

Samy Morsy - Egypt

Latics' captain Samy Morsy was an unused substitute as Egypt strengthened their position in Group J of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification stage courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Swaziland.

Ahmed Elmohamady, Amr Warda, Mahmoud Trezeguet and Mohamed Salah all hit the target for the Pharaohs as they moved top of the group on six points from three matches.

A second clash with Swaziland follows on Tuesday.

Owen Evans - Wales U21s

Goalkeeper Owen Evans featured from the start in Wales' 2-0 defeat away to Romania in the UEFA U21 European Championship qualifying stage, leaving Rob Page's side fifth in Group Eight on 10 points from nine matches.



After impressive saves and a clean sheet in the first half, group leaders Romania found their way through in the second half.

Evans, who has two caps at this level and has represented Wales' U19s, will see out the qualifying campaign against Switzerland on Tuesday, the winner of which will finish fourth in the group.

Kyle Joseph & Luke Robinson - Scotland U18s

After making their debuts in a 1-1 draw against Uzbekistan on Wednesday, Kyle Joseph and Luke Robinson were involved again on Friday night as Scotland U18s fell to a 1-0 defeat against France in Marbella.

Joseph made his first start for Scotland after coming off the bench against Uzbekistan, whilst Robinson made the substitutes against France.



Remaining October international fixtures

Sunday 14 October
England U17 v Russia U17 (Gelhardt & Weir) at Shrewsbury Town, 1.00pm KO

Monday 15 October
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Northern Ireland (Grigg)
Czech Republic U20 v England U20 (James)

Tuesday 16 October
Swaziland v Egypt (Morsy)
USA v Peru (A.Robinson)
Wales U21 v Switzerland U21 (Evans)
England U17 v Brazil U17 (Gelhardt & Weir) at AFC Telford, 7.00pm KO


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