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Internationals: Eight AFC Bournemouth players set for International football

Posted: Thu 24 Mar 2016

AFC Bournemouth look set to have eight players on international duty over the upcoming international break in March.

Adam Federici will feature for Australia in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier double-header against Tajikistan and Jordan, while fellow stopper Artur Boruc has been named in the Poland squad for their two friendlies against Serbia and Finland. Matt Ritchie won his first call-up for the Scotland squad this time last year and retains his place, being named in the Tartan Army squad for the friendly against Denmark.

Wales have called up Shaun MacDonald for their Euro 2016 warm-up games against Northern Ireland and Ukraine, while the Republic of Ireland have picked Eunan O’Kane for their squad to face Switzerland and Slovakia. Harry Arter was also initially selected by Martin O'Neill, but misses out due to an achilles injury.

Wingers Juan Iturbe and Max Gradel have won call-ups for Paraguay and the Ivory Coast respectively – with Iturbe looking for his first full cap since 2009 after devoting his international allegiance to La Albirroja earlier this month.

The Cherries loanee could play against Brazil as they face the five-time world champions and Ecuador. Benik Afobe will train with the DR Congo squad and Joshua King was called up for the Norway squad for their pair of friendlies against Estonia and Finland but has pulled out due to injury.
Date March 24th
International friendly: Shaun MacDonald / Wales v Northern Ireland / 7:45pm / Cardiff City Stadium
World Cup Qualifier South America: Juan Iturbe / Ecuador v Paraguay / 9:00pm / Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Date March 25th
International friendly: Eunan O'Kane / Republic of Ireland v Switzerland / 7:45pm / Aviva Stadium
African Cup of Nations Qualifier: Max Gradel / Côte d'Ivoire v Sudan / 4:30pm / Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Abidjan)
Date March 26th
International friendly: Artur Boruc / Poland v Finland / 4:30pm / Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana
Date March 28th
International friendly: Shaun MacDonald / Ukraine v Wales / 7:00pm / RSK Olimpiyskyi
Date March 29th
World Cup Qualifing Asia - Group Two: Adam Federici / Australia v Jordan / 10:00am
International friendly: Matt Ritchie / Scotland v Denmark / 8:00pm / Hampden Park / Live on Sky Sports 1
International friendly: Eunan O'Kane / Republic of Ireland v Slovenia / 7.45pm / Aviva Stadium
African Cup of Nations Qualifier: Max Gradel / Sudan v Côte d'Ivoire / 8:00pm / Al-Merreikh Stadium (Omdurman)
Date March 30th
World Cup Qualifying South America: Juan Iturbe / Paraguay v Brazil / 1:45am / Estadio Defensores del Chaco