First Team

International Round-Up

18th November 2019

There was a debut and an entry into the Scotland Hall of Fame this weekend, in our International Round-Up.

Steven Naismith - Scotland

It was a memorable night in Nicosia for Naisy, as the forward entered Scotland's Hall of Fame by picking up his 50th cap for his country. Captaining the Scots on the night, the 33-year-old played 60 minutes of the 2-1 win over Cyprus. Steve Clarke's side now return to Scotland to face Kazakhstan, looking to avenge the 3-0 loss earlier in the Group I fixtures.

Caps: 50

Michael Smith - Northern Ireland

Right-back Michael was a second-half substitute for Michael O'Neill in their stoic 0-0 draw with the Netherlands in Belfast. Steven Davis had the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot, but blazed his effort over the bar, ultimately ending the nation's chance of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020. Michael now travels to Frankfurt to take on Group C leaders Germany.

Caps: 8

Glenn Whelan - Ireland

Glenn was an unused sub in the friendly win over New Zealand, but the big match for Mick McCarthy's side is tonight when they take on Denmark in Dublin. A win over the Danes would secure Ireland's automatic qualification to Euro 2020.

Caps: 90

Ryotaro Meshino - Japan under-22s

Ryo was back in Japan to face Colombia in the 2019 Kirin Challenge Cup, but could do nothing as the Blue Samurai fell to a 2-0 defeat in Hiroshima. The attacker picked up his second cap at age-grade level, coming on in the 83rd minute.

Under-22 caps: 2

Jamie Brandon - Scotland under-21s

Jamie was a late call-up to the squad, but started at Tynecastle in the last-gasp defeat to Greece. The right-back made his first competitive appearance for the age-grade side in the loss. The result drops them down to third in Group D in the European Under-21 Championship qualifying stages.

Under-21 caps: 3

Aidan Keena - Republic of Ireland under-21s

Aidan made his debut for the age-grade side in the 1-0 win over Armenia. Top of Group A in the European Under-21 Championship qualifying stages, Ireland play again tomorrow evening against Sweden. With key attackers Aidan Connolly and Jonathan Afolabi out through injury, Aidan could make his first start at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin.

Under-21 caps: 1

Bobby Burns - Northern Ireland under-21s

Bobby was a substitute as Ian Baraclough's side played out a 1-1 friendly draw with Hungary. They play Romania in Belfast tomorrow night, looking to build on their 5th spot in Group H of the European Under-21 Championship qualifying stages.

Under-21 caps: 6

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