Four members of Oldham Athletic’s 2017/18 squad are set to represent their national sides in the next few days.
Goalkeepers Johny Placide (Haiti) and Jack Ruddy (Scotland U21s), winger Gervaro Nepomuceno (Curaçao) and defender Cameron Dummigan (Northern Ireland U21s) have all been called up and may feature on the world stage in the next four days.
Japan vs. Haiti, International Friendly
Yokohama International Stadium
Tuesday, October 10, kick off 11:30am GMT
Johny Placide has established his place as Haiti number one over the past few years and is the captain of his national side. Haiti will take on Japan in a friendly at the 72,000 capacity Yokohama International Stadium.
Ranked number 48 in the current Fifa world rankings, their highest position in five years, the Haiti side go into the game after a good result against Jamaica in the World Cup qualifiers where they won 2-0 in Kingston.
Qatar vs. Curaçao, International Friendly
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Tuesday, October 10, kick off 5pm GMT
Midfielder Gervaro Nepomuceno’s national team, Curaçao are ranked 86 in the current Fifa World rankings and are in somewhat of a golden era for football on the small island.
After winning the Caribbean Cup earlier this year, Curaçao took part in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time since 1973. However, Remko Bicentini’s team failed to win a game and were knocked out of their tough group which featured Mexico, El Salvador and Jamaica.
Nepomuceno’s national side will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Qatar on Tuesday in Doha.
England U21s vs. Scotland U21s, UEFA Euro U21 First Qualifying Round
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Friday, October 6, kick off 7:45pm GMT
Latvia U21s vs. Scotland U21s, UEFA Euro U21 First Qualifying Round
Daugava Stadium in Liepaja, Liepāja
Tuesday, October 10, kick off 4pm GMT
Jack Ruddy’s national under 21 side are looking to make it back to back wins when they take on England U21s after a good 2-0 win over a strong Netherlands U21 side last time out in the UEFA Euro U21 Championship First Qualifying Round.
Scotland are currently third in the table after just one game, where as England and Ukraine, who are both a point in front of them, have played two so far.
Tuesday’s fixture could also prove to be vital as Latvia are just a point off the Scotts at this early stage, but have played three games.
Any ground they make up over England and Latvia could be key to getting through to the finals or play-offs and ultimately booking their place at the 2019 UEFA Euro U21 Championship in Italy and San Marino.
Northern Ireland U21s vs. Estonia U21s, UEFA Euro U21 First Qualifying Round
Mourneview Park, Lurgan
Tuesday, October 10, kick off 7:30pm GMT
Cameron Dummigan’ national under 21 side will be looking to get back to winning ways on their march to a place in the 2019 UEFA Euro U21 Championship finals in Italy and San Marino.
Managed by Latics’ former Assistant Manager Ian Baraclough, the young green and white army are in a strong position in Group 2, currently in second place after winning two out of three. Their only defeat coming against Slovakia U21s last time out.
Good luck, to all Oldham Athletic players on international duty.