Guys, Stuart Dallas plays down the wing and we’ve also got a new lad called Eunan O’Kane who plays in the middle of the park with Leeds’ other 5,000 midfielders and there’s this big lad at the back called Pontus Jansson. But that’s about the sum level of what we know about them internationally.
However, that got me thinking so I thought I’d do something about it and have a look at the international pedigree that our trio of internationals have in their back pockets.
Pontus Jansson (Sweden)
Jansson has represented Sweden at Under-17 (13 games), Under-19 (8 games – 3 goals) and Under-21 (15 games – 1 goal) levels prior to gaining 7 full Sweden appearances, his first being against Bahrain (a 2-0 win) and his most recent appearance on the filed being against Slovenia (a 0-0 draw). He has recently been called up for the upcoming Sweden game against Holland, where he could make his ninth appearance for his country.
- 7 appearances : 5 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw – 71.4% win ratio
- 368 minutes of game time – 4 goals conceded in games he’s featured in
- only 1 goal conceded whilst he’s been on the field (1-0 loss vs France)
- 4 clean sheets from 5 games where he’s played at least 45 minutes
- 2 yellow cards vs Bahrain and Moldova
Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland)
Stuart Dallas is credited as having 17 international caps for Northern Ireland, assisting two goals. His first assist was against Greece in a European Qualifier game (3-1 win for Northern Ireland) and the other in a group C game at this summer’s Euros vs Ukraine (2-0 win for Northern Ireland.)
- debut May 27, 2011 vs Wales (2-0 loss)
- four year gap to next appearance vs Scotland on March 25, 2015 (1-0 loss)
- missed one match since vs Slovakia June 4, 2014 (0-0 draw)
- 1,254 minutes of game time in a Northern Ireland shirt – average of 73 minutes
- 17 appearances: 7 wins, 6 draws, 4 losses – 41.2% win ratio
- 2 yellow cards vs Ukraine and Wales
Eunan O’Kane (Ireland)
O’Kane is the Leeds United new kid of the block, coming in to the side during the recent transfer window and on Deadline Day. He’s a 3-cap Republic of Ireland international, having also made one appearance at Under-21 level for the Republic. However, he started out his international career for Northern Ireland with caps at the following age groups: Under-17 (7 games), Under-19 (7 games – 1 goal), Under-20 (1 game) and Under-21 (4 games – 1 goal).
- Full Republic debut came as 71st minute substitute vs Switzerland on March 25, 2016 (1-0 win)
- Started one international game vs Slovakia (2-2 draw)
- 119 minutes of international game time
- First featured in Republic of Ireland squad as unused substitute vs Germany in European Qualifiers (1-0 win)
- Last featured in Republic of Ireland squad as unused substitute vs Oman in a friendly fixture (4-0 win)
So, that’s three of our internationals look at, next up for me is a look at the ‘Rise of Wood’ and a more in-depth look at our big Kiwi; but with a change of title otherwise I’ll have to publish after the watershed.