Blues youngsters head off on international duty

Geraldo Bajrami.
Geraldo Bajrami has been called up for international duty with Albania Under-21s.

Blues youngsters are off on international duties.


A number of Blues players have been called up for international duty by their respective countries during the forthcoming international break.

Having made his Blues first-team debut last month against Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup, 19-year-old central defender Geraldo Bajrami is named in the Albania Under-21 squad.

Albania take on their French counterparts in a friendly in France on 5 September, before hosting a UEFA U21 qualifying fixture against Austria on 9 September.

Bajrami will be aiming to add to his tally of two caps, which he chalked up towards the back end of last season.

Midfielder Ryan Stirk will be hoping to see action with Wales Under-21s, who face two tough UEFA U21 qualifying games in the space of four days.

Paul Bodin's charges take on Belgium on 6 September and Germany on 10 September - both home fixtures.

Fellow Blues midfielder Caolan Boyd-Munce, who came off the bench to make his Blues senior bow against Pompey, will join up with the Northern Ireland Under-21s squad for their UEFA U21 qualifiers.

Northern Ireland take on Malta in Ballymena on 6 September, before travelling to Finland on 10 September. Boyd-Munce has played three times for his country's Under-19s but is yet to feature for the Under-21s.

Meanwhile, two Blues players will link up with different England age groups.

Fresh from becoming Blues youngest ever scorer on Saturday, Jude Bellingham is in the England Under-17 squad ahead of their participation in the International Syrenka Cup in Poland.

In their opening game of the tournament, England will play Finland on 6 September. 

Blues goalkeeper Zach Jeacock has been asked to join up with the England Under-19s squad.

Jeacock, who is currently on loan with non-league side Gloucester City, has been called up previously for training camps but has yet to win an international cap.

The young Lions will play two friendly fixtures - Greece visit St George's Park on Sunday and then England visit Germany on 10 September.

Midfielder Corey O'Keeffe has been placed on standby for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s ahead of their UEFA Under 21 European Championships qualifiers against Armenia (6 September) and Sweden (10 September)

Finally, Blues' Swedish midfielder Kerim Mrabti has received a provisional call-up to the Sweden national side for their European Championship qualifiers against the Faroe Islands on 5 September and Norway on 8 September.