Leeds trio Chris Wood, Stuart Dallas and Eunan O’Kane have been summoned to participate in their respected national team squads for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which will continue later this month. All three players have featured for their country before, with Chris Wood the most experienced at international level chalking up 42 appearances for New Zealand and finding the net 19 times.
The Kiwi’s have upcoming fixtures against Fiji, playing both home and away within three days in the Oceania Football Confederation (OCR) Final Group Stage. Wood has proved to be a vital figure in the New Zealand starting XI; helping them with their progression through the OCR 2nd Group Stage with wins over Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji and beating New Caledonia in the Final Group Stage in their last competitive win in November, two games ago.
Dallas, who represents Northern Ireland, has been selected in their 23 man squad to face Norway on the 26th of March. The United wide man has will hope to earn his 20th cap for his national side after featuring at the European Championships last year, starting in their historic 2-0 victory against Ukraine and providing an assist which ensured they would qualify for the knockout round of 16 of the competition.
O’Kane, as reported yesterday, has been selected by Martin O’Neil in Republic Ireland’s provisional 39 man squad. The 26 year old has represented Ireland five times, after previously representing Northern Ireland at under 16 level to under 21s. Eunan, who did not feature for Ireland at the Euros last year, will hope to prove to manager O’Neil what he can bring to the side; but will have tough competition in the central of midfield which is arguably Ireland’s strongest area of the side.
All three will be greatfull to represent their country, however The Whites will hope they come back from international duty unscathed and fit to feature in the crucial back end of the season.