With the third international break of the 2019/20 season coming to a close, a quartet of Millwall players again represented their countries as the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying League format ended. As Gary Rowett resumes work with his complete squad at Calmont Road as the Sky Bet Championship season rolls on, we take a look at how our four Lions lads got on...
Shane Ferguson – Northern Ireland
Shane Ferguson and Northern Ireland confirmed their place in March’s Play-Offs to compete for a place in the Euro 2020 finals, as Germany and the Netherlands progressed through the automatic spots in Group C of qualifying. Manager Michael O’Neill is shortly about to take on a Championship challenge with Stoke City, but remains in charge for the upcoming Play-Off Semi-Final. Shane started the finale to their qualifying League campaign in Frankfurt on a tough night for the side on Tuesday night, going down 6-1 to Joachim Low’s team despite taking an early lead. The winger was also an unused substitute on Saturday, as they played out a creditable goalless draw with the Dutchmen at Windsor Park.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson – Iceland
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s Iceland also confirmed their place in the Play-Off campaign in a bid to qualify for Euro 2020, finishing third in Group H behind France and Turkey. Erik Hamren’s side first up visited Istanbul on Thursday night, a contest which ended in a goalless stalemate which secured the hosts’ passage to next summer’s finals at Iceland’s expense. Jon played the full 90 minutes in the clash, and followed this up with another full game as they finished on a high note with a 2-1 win in Chisinau against Moldova on Sunday. Iceland are yet to discover their forthcoming Play-Off Semi-Final opponents next March, but know they will have home advantage as the highest-ranked Nations League team to finish third in their qualifying group. The two appearances also move Jon onto 48 senior caps, the most from a current Lions player.
Jayson Molumby, Danny McNamara – Republic of Ireland Under 21
Republic of Ireland Under 21s remain top of Group 1 in their Under 21 Euro qualifying campaign, following maximum points in the recent break against Armenia and Sweden. Both Jayson Molumby and Danny McNamara featured for the young side, who have now taken five wins from seven. Defender Danny, on loan at Newport County, achieved a fantastic milestone as he made his Under 21 international debut, playing the full game and keeping a clean sheet as the nation won 1-0 in Yerevan against the Armenians on Thursday. Jayson was suspended for the victory, but returned to captain the side and play half the match in Tuesday’s 4-1 success over Sweden in Dublin, with Danny an unused substitute.