This week saw six Leeds United players called up to their respective nations on international duty; Pontus Jansson (Sweden), Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland), Chris Wood (New Zealand), Modou Barrow (Gambia), Eunan O’kane (Republic of Ireland) and Liam Cooper (Scotland). Here’s just a quick round up on how they all did:
Pontus Jansson completed a full 90 minutes on Saturday as Sweden thrashed a poor Belarus side 4-0 in Stockholm. The former Torino man was not seriously troubled by the Belarus attack, who are ranked 72nd in the Fifa World ranking. Belarus only managed to register one shot on target thanks to Jansson’s solid performance at the back. The result saw Sweden go second in Group A of the 2018 World Cup qualifying group behind France.
Stuart Dallas started for Northern Ireland and completed 88 minutes as they beat Norway 2-0 in Group C of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. The Leeds wide man played an influential part in Northern Ireland’s first goal, cutting down the left wind and finding West Brom’s Chris Brunt, who then assisted Burton’s Jamie Ward to make it 1-0 in the second minute. The result sees Dallas and Northern Ireland stay second in the group, behind Germany who have won all five games.
Chris Wood helped New Zealand to a 2-0 win over Fiji in the OFC group stage on Saturday. Wood scored from the spot in the 47th minute to make it 1-0 to the away side, meaning that the Kiwis only require a draw in the return fixture to progress into the next and final qualifying stage for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Wood has now bagged 19 times in 43 games for his country.
Leeds’ Eunan O’kane and Liam Cooper failed to appear for their respective sides, with O’kane and Cooper failing to make the bench in their World Cup Qualifying games.
Furthermore, no injuries have been reported to the six while on international duty allowing all to feature in Saturday’s top of the table clash at Reading.