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International Round-Up: September 2021

Find out how Pompey's players fared for their countries

9 September 2021

Joe Morrell in action for Wales

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

Republic of Ireland
Gavin Bazunu drew plenty of praise for his performances across three fixtures, starting with a World Cup Qualifier in Portugal.

The on-loan Pompey keeper kept out a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo that prevented him from breaking an international goalscoring record.

Ireland then took the lead, but Ronaldo had the last laugh by scoring two late goals to turn the contest on its head.

Bazunu also appeared in a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan before excelling in another 1-1 stalemate in Serbia.

After the latter fixture, he told RTE Sport: “I had a lot to do and was happy I was able to make a few saves.

"I was delighted to be able to contribute my part for the team. That's my job as a goalkeeper and hopefully I can continue to do it regularly.”

Ronan Curtis was an unused substitute in the Azerbaijan game, although was not named in the matchday squad for the other two fixtures.

Republic of Ireland’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup are all but over, having collected just two points from five games.

Joe Morrell saw late penalty appeals waved away as Wales were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Estonia in Cardiff on Wednesday night.

They dominated the World Cup qualifying contest, but could not find a breakthrough and are unlikely to catch Belgium at the top of their group, although a play-off spot is still within reach.

Morrell also played the full 90 minutes of a dramatic 3-2 win in Belarus, but was an unused substitute for a 0-0 friendly draw in Finland.

Pompey academy midfielder Harry Jewitt-White appeared for Wales under-18s in their 1-1 draw with England.

Miguel Azeez played just over an hour for England’s under-20 side, as they thrashed Romania 6-1 in a friendly at St George’s Park.

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