With several of the Millwall lads returning from international duty, millwallfc.co.uk take a look at how they progressed with the second part of the week’s International Round-Up.
Shane Ferguson was an unused substitute for Northern Ireland as Michael O’Neill’s side secured an impressive friendly win over Czech Republic in Prague. The Czechs, fresh from inflicting England’s first qualifying campaign defeat in 10 years, were stunned by a three-goal half-time lead for the Northern Irishmen on Monday, before the exhibition ended 3-2. Shane and his teammates remain in with a shout of qualifying for UEFA Euro 2020, albeit as underdogs with Group C rivals Germany and the Netherlands in pole position. This came after Northern Ireland came very close to a famous win over the Dutchmen last Thursday, eventually going down 3-1 as Shane played the full contest.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson – The Lions’ most-capped player with 46 international appearances – earned the latest two of his caps in Iceland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against France and Andorra. The Group H contest in Reykjavik last Friday against the Frenchmen would prove potentially crucial, as a narrow 1-0 defeat for Iceland following a controversial penalty decision saw Erik Hamren’s side lose ground on the top two, their opponents and Turkey. The two front-runners would go on to draw with one another on Monday whilst Jon’s Iceland recovered to deal with Andorra by a 2-0 scoreline, again on home soil. Jon secured 74 minutes against France, and played 26 minutes in the Andorra victory.
Jayson Molumby again captained the Republic of Ireland Under 21 side as they also travelled to Iceland, slenderly beaten by a 1-0 scoreline against the Icelandic U21s on Monday. Jayson played the full match, following the 85 minutes he featured in as the young Irishmen played out a goalless draw with a strong Italian outfit last Thursday. The Republic of Ireland youngsters remain top of Group 1 in qualifying for the UEFA U21 Championships, albeit having played more games than the competing Iceland and Italy sides.
Be sure to check out our International Preview for next month's third international break of the season.