May 26, 2024

Cameroon’s head coach, Rigobert Song, has included a 19-year-old player in his 24-member squad for the November 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Mauritius and Libya. The team begins their campaign in Douala on Friday at 7 pm, followed by a trip to Libya for the second match on Tuesday at 4 pm.

In other senior international competitions, Daniel Johnson’s Jamaica is set for a double-header against Canada in the CONCACAF National League quarter-finals. Johnson, a midfielder for the Potters, played a crucial role in victories against Grenada and Haiti in the October international window. With 22 caps to his name, he aims to contribute to the Reggae Boyz’s efforts to secure a spot in the last four. The first leg is scheduled for Saturday at 12 am in Kingston, with the second leg in Toronto on Wednesday at 12:30 am.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland, led by Jordan Thompson, concludes their Euro 2024 qualification campaign with matches against Finland and Denmark. Although they cannot qualify for the finals in Germany, they seek to end the group stage positively after breaking a five-match losing streak with a 3-0 victory against San Marino. The Green and White Army travels to Helsinki on Friday at 5 pm and hosts Denmark in Belfast on Monday at 7:45 pm.

In youth international action, goalkeeper Tommy Simkin, recently recalled from a loan spell at Solihull Moors, joins England’s Elite League squad for upcoming fixtures against Italy and Germany. The 18-year-old, who impressed during his National League stay, aims to feature in the matches at Doncaster Rovers’ Eco-Power Stadium on Thursday at 7 pm and Regensburg on Monday at 5 pm.

Nikola Jojić, with three Under-21 international caps for Serbia, participates in a Euro 2025 qualification double against England and Luxembourg. Despite a recent 9-1 defeat to England, Jojić’s side aims to use home advantage in Bačka Topola on Saturday at 4 pm before hosting Luxembourg in Stara Pazova on Tuesday at 6 pm.

In the same competition, midfielder Matthew Baker, currently on loan at Newport County, faces crucial matches for Wales’ Under-21s at Rodney Parade. Iceland and Denmark will visit on Thursday and Monday at 6 pm, respectively. Two victories would position Wales favorably in Group I to secure a place in the 2025 finals in Slovakia.

In the younger age groups, second-year scholar Jake Griffin receives his first international call-up for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-19s. The 17-year-old, with four appearances for City’s Under-21s, could debut in Ireland’s UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers in Albania. Matches are scheduled against the hosts on Wednesday at 1 pm, Slovenia on Saturday at 10 am, and Belgium next Tuesday at 1 pm.

Adam Watson continues to represent the Potters at the U17 World Cup in Indonesia. The young City forward, featured in New Zealand’s opening group fixture against Venezuela, anticipates further appearances against Germany and Mexico on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

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