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Internationals: 12 called up for September duty

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AFC Bournemouth have had 12 players called up to represent their country over the coming two weeks, with Premier League football returning next Sunday with the visit of Everton to Vitality Stadium.

European qualifiers dominate the fixture list for our internationals, all of whom will play a maximum of two fixtures.

Callum Wilson retains his position in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, who will play both Bulgaria and Kosovo at Wembley and Southampton’s St. Mary’s Stadium respectively.

The Three Lions sit top of Group A, with two wins from two going into the fixtures, with a goal difference of +9 standing them in good stead.

Also in the England set-up is Cherries youngster Aaron Ramsdale, who will team up with the under-21s for their two games.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side face a trip to Turkey for Friday’s game in Izmit, before coming home to also play Kosovo in a European qualifier.

Staying in the United Kingdom, Harry Wilson and Chris Mepham will head to Wales for one qualifier against Azerbaijan and one friendly with Belarus.

Both taking place at the Cardiff City Stadium, the two youngsters, who both featured for Ryan Giggs’ side in the summer, will be looking to bump their country up the table in Group E.

Up in Scotland, Ryan Fraser receives yet another call up as he faces two tough tests against Russia and Belgium.

Both taking place at home, the 25-year-old will play both fixtures at Hampden Park.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Mark Travers has caught the eye once again after his three penalty saves against Forest Green Rovers in the Carabao Cup last week.

He’s received another call up to the Republic of Ireland’s senior squad, who face a qualifier against Switzerland and a friendly with Bulgaria.

Gavin Kilkenny, who also featured for the Cherries against Forest Green, is called up to Ireland’s under-21s squad.

He’ll travel to Sweden for a game next week, while also taking on Armenia at home.

Internationally, some consistent performances from Nathan Ake have seen him called up to the Dutch side once again.

The defender will travel to both Germany and Estonia for some crucial European qualifiers, with Holland currently sat third in Group C on three points.

Ronald Koeman’s side sit six points behind Germany in second place and nine points behind Northern Ireland, who top the table and remain undefeated.

Staying in Europe, Philip Billing will be looking to earn his first cap for the Denmark national team, having represented the under-21s in their European Championships in the summer.

The midfielder did receive his first senior call up in March, however didn’t get off the bench for either of their two fixtures.

This time, he’ll be looking to make an impact against both Gibraltar and Georgia.

Joshua King will be looking to build on his goal against Aston Villa by helping to Norway to victory in their qualifiers against Malta and Sweden.

His side currently sit fourth in a tricky Group F, with Spain currently leading the way with four wins from four.

Across the pond, Jefferson Lerma and Colombia face some exciting friendlies, both of which will be played in America.

First up, his side will take on Brazil in Miami, before heading to Tennessee for a fixture with Venezuela.

Finally, Alex Dobre will link up with Romania’s under-21s. They just have the one game against Denmark in a European qualifier.

 

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