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International Blues: On the Road to Brazil, Israel and Marbella

Next week will see the penultimate set of international fixtures this calendar year and a few members of the Blues team will be jetting off to try to aid their respective countries in their qualifying campaigns.

Keith Fahey has been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Germany and the Faroe Islands as the Boys in Green look to add to their last-gasp win over Kazakhstan last month. Should Fahey get the nod it will be his first game for the Republic since the Euro 2012 playoffs against Estonia last November.

The United States haven’t announced their squad yet for their upcoming games against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala but I would expect Jonathan Spector to be named as he was for the previous double-header against Jamaica although the Illinois-born utility player was an unused substitute in both games.

Jack Butland has been confirmed in the England u21 squad for the European u21 Championship playoffs against Serbia. Whilst the Blues first choice keeper has been in the full England squad it’s known that Stuart Pearce has wanted as strong a squad possible for this double-header that will decide if England will play in the u21 Championship finals in Israel next year.

Will Packwood has been named to a 19-man squad for the Marbella Cup by the US u20s coach Tab Ramos. The squad has a selection of European-based players and has been set up to allow Ramos to take a good look at players who haven’t been able to make previous training camps in the States. The Young Americans will play games against Canada, Scotland and Azerbaijan whilst in Spain.

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10 Responses to “International Blues: On the Road to Brazil, Israel and Marbella”

  • bluenose 11 says:

    any truth in the reprt in the star about a player revolt ?

  • andy says:

    Certain siewards told me at the Peterborough game of player unrest, the story in the star backs up what i was told. Only the players can verify such talk, time will tell.

  • andy says:

    I totally agree, im just making a point that the story in the press is nothing new and that these type of rumours, and thats what they are, rumours, have been circulating for a while now.

  • The double m says:

    I’ve seen that story and I don’t believe a word of it! No quotes and seems to be based on the Barnsley and Cardiff games as they conveniently neglect to mention winning away at top of the league – but that would contradict their non story!

  • TonyB says:

    Mentioning the Daily Star and “truth” on the same page is ridiculous!

  • Ryan says:

    Wasnt the Daily Star something to do with a certain former co owner? Im sure he would entertain something like this.

  • iang says:

    My understanding from sources who know some of the players is there is unrest about Clarks capabilities.
    Regardless of this when you consider the contrast between Hughtons calm, considered and analytical approach, when set against Clarks frenzied, passionate and less coherant approach it is not a shock if the players are having initial difficulties adjusting.
    My view is Clark feels a throw back to the type of manager that was prevelant in the 90s such as Peter Reid, really passionate but lacking tactical nous and more importantly the leadership man management skills that are essential in any walk of life to get teams to perform

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