Blues Men’s International round-up

Blues Men’s International round-up

With a number of Blues players on duty during March’s Men’s international break, BCFC.com takes a look at the action to date.

Neil Etheridge was the first Birmingham City player to represent his nation this week. The stopper played 90 minutes on Wednesday as the Philippines were beaten 2-0 by Malaysia at Singapore's National Stadium in Kallang. That was the Azkals opening FAS Tri-Nations Series match, with their second coming on Tuesday against the tournament hosts as all participating teams prepare for the third round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches in June.

Tommy Fogarty was a part of the matchday squad as Northern Ireland beat Norway 2-1 in the Football Federations Cup on Thursday. The fixture was delayed by 24 hours due to heavy rain at L’Alfas del Pi in the province of Alicante but an Under-18s side managed by Gareth Macaulay came from behind to win. However, Fogarty’s time at the tournament has been cut short due to injury, meaning he missed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

On Friday, George Hall played the final 25 minutes as England Under-18s beat Sweden 3-2 at the Marbella Football Center. Ryan Garry’s side were leading 2-1 when the Blues youngster entered the field and Hall helped them to victory when teammate Divin Mubama scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the 74th minute. Hall will be in contention for further game time when the Young Lions face Denmark on Monday.

Later that day, Jordan James came on during England Under-20s 2-0 defeat away in Poland. The 17-year-old entered the field of play in the final knockings and will be hoping for further minutes when Andy Edwards’ team host Germany in Colchester on Tuesday night.

Scott Hogan was an unused substitute as the Republic of Ireland drew 2-2 with Belgium on Saturday evening. Stephen Kenny’s men twice came from a losing position to hold the world’s number-one ranked Men’s side at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with Hogan a part of the squad selected to face the Red Devils. Blues’ leading goalscorer this term will be looking to play an even greater role when they host Lithuania on Tuesday.