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Clarets Clash In Dublin

Friends become foes as Ireland take on Wales in Nations League

16 October 2018

Turf Moor team-mates Sam Vokes, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long go head-to-head tonight when Wales and the Republic of Ireland meet in the Nations League.

Vokes’ Wales beat Ireland 4-1 in their group opener in September and face the return in Dublin on Tuesday night.

The Clarets’ striker was an unused substitute in the first meeting but may well start for Ryan Giggs’ side this time after scoring his 12th goal for Wales in a friendly defeat to Spain last Friday night.

That was Vokes’ third goal in as many games for club and country and he could now be up against Burnley team-mate Long as he looks to extend the run and prevent Ireland from gaining their first win in the group.

Jeff Hendrick won his 42nd cap for Ireland last weekend

Martin O’Neill’s side got their first point on the board with a 0-0 draw against Denmark in Dublin last Saturday, when Long and Hendrick both played for 90 minutes.

Matej Vydra could also be in Nations League action tonight with the Czech Republic playing away to Ukraine.

The Clarets’ frontman made his international return last Saturday to help the Czechs win 2-1 in Slovakia.

Meanwhile, Johann Berg Gudmundsson played for 90 minutes as Iceland were beaten 2-1 at home by Switzerland in a group game on Monday night.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will be hoping all of his international contingent returns unscathed to training on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to champions Manchester City.

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