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International Round-Up: October 2021

A trio of Pompey players have been representing their countries

13 October 2021

Miguel Azeez

We take a look at how Pompey's international players fared during the recent round of World Cup qualifiers.

Republic of Ireland
Gavin Bazunu continued his run of fine form for club and country by keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 win in Azerbaijan.

The on-loan Manchester City stopper did well tip an effort from Qara Garayev onto the underside of his crossbar.

Former international Paul McGrath offered praise in his Sunday World column, writing: “Gavin made some good stops and the lad really is a cracking goalkeeping talent for a 19-year-old.”

Despite the result, Republic of Ireland cannot qualify for next winter’s World Cup and will finish their campaign with fixtures against Portugal and Luxembourg in November.

Bazunu was rested for Tuesday evening’s 4-0 friendly win over Qatar, with manager Stephen Keny giving Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher an opportunity to impress.

Joe Morrell featured twice as Wales kept alive their play-off hopes by collecting four points from games against Czech Republic and Estonia.

The Pompey midfielder started against the former and played for an hour, as his country recovered from a goalkeeping howler to rescue a 2-2 draw.

He then replaced Aaron Ramsey for the final 10 minutes in Tallinn, with Wales edging to a 1-0 victory.

Wales could still catch leaders Belgium at the top of Group E and the sides meet in Cardiff next month, while Robert Page’s men also face Belarus.

Second spot appears a more likely prospect, however, and even if they miss out on that, a play-off spot could still be secured because of their form in the Nations League.

Teenage academy midfielder Harry Jewitt-White has also been away on a Wales under-18 training camp, but picked up a quad injury.

Pompey loanee Miguel Azeez opened the scoring for England’s under-20 side in their 5-0 rout of Czech Republic.

He sent a fine left-footed strike into the top corner of the net from 20 yards out, having earlier started a move to win a penalty that was saved.

Azeez also came off the bench to replace Leeds’ Lewis Bate during the second half of a 1-1 draw with Italy a few days earlier.

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