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Dwight's Alright On The Night

A round-up of the latest Clarets on international duty.

16 October 2019

Dwight McNeil enjoyed another week to remember on his remarkable rise with his first two appearances for the England U21 side.

The Clarets wide man, 19, made his first start for Aidy Boothroyd’s young Lions in Friday night’s friendly against Slovenia in Maribor, which ended 2-2.

And McNeil followed that with a competitive debut in England’s UEFA U21 Euro qualifying win over Austria in Milton Keynes, where he was involved in two goals in a convincing 5-1 victory.

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Also on international duty, Jeff Hendrick played both games as Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for EURO 2020 took a dent.

The Republic drew 0-0 in Georgia, followed by a damaging 2-0 reverse in Switzerland that leaves Mick McCarthy’s men now needing a win over Denmark in their final game next month to qualify.

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Intriguingly, Ireland will warm up for that game with a friendly against New Zealand in Dublin, where Hendrick and Kevin Long, who was an unused substitute in both of Ireland’s two recent games, could face Clarets team-mate Chris Wood. Robbie Brady will also hope for a return to the Ireland squad for those games.

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock Farrell also suffered heartache as Holland came back from a goal down late on to win a vital qualifier 3-1 in Amsterdam.

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Northern Ireland's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020 remain in their own hands, although hopes of avoiding a play-off rest on a victory over either Holland in the repeat game at Windsor Park next month, or their final group game away in Germany.

England goalkeeper Nick Pope watched from the bench as England suffered mixed results in their latest Euro 2020 qualifiers, losing 2-1 in the Czech Republic before hammering Bulgaria 6-0 in Sofia. England remain in pole position to qualify, needing just a point next month.

And finally, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson was withdrawn through injury after just 14 minutes of Iceland’s 1-0 defeat to France in Euro qualifying.

Gudmundsson subsequently missed the 2-0 win over Andorra, which leaves his country needing a win in Turkey next month to keep alive hopes of reaching the finals next summer.

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