As reported previously
, Ben Davies was part of the Wales team that lost 2-0 away to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Euro 2016 qualifying – only to have their place at next summer’s finals rubber-stamped thanks to Cyprus beating Israel 2-1 elsewhere in Group B.
Left-back Ben (pictured, below) completed the full 90 minutes and told us afterwards about his joy after helping his nation qualify for their first major tournament finals since the 1958 World Cup.
Belgium also made it through from Group B on Saturday night thanks to a 4-1 victory in Andorra, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both putting in a full shift at the back. Nacer Chadli went on as a substitute in the 72nd minute. Jan was the unfortunate Belgian player adjudged to have committed a foul in the box, which led to Andorra’s goal from the penalty spot.
It was also a good day for our players on duty for England’s youth sides. Harry Winks and Nathan Oduwa both started for England Under-20s as they made it two wins out of two in the Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup in Germany thanks to a 2-1 victory over Turkey. Nathan was withdrawn mid-way through the second half while Harry completed the full game.
In addition, Josh Onomah played 88 minutes for England Under-19s as they beat Finland 1-0 in a European qualifier in Macedonia. Kyle Walker-Peters was an unused substitute as the Young Lions secured progress to next spring’s Elite Qualifying Round with a game to spare.
There was no such luck for our lads in the US national sides, however.
Young defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was in the States’ Under-23 team that lost 2-0 to Honduras in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship. The centre-back went close to scoring with a header from a corner in the second half with his side 1-0 down, but was denied by a fantastic save from Honduras stopper Luis Lopez.
On-loan DeAndre Yedlin, meanwhile, claimed another assist for the US senior side in their 3-2 extra-time defeat at the hands of Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup. Introduced as a 78th-minute substitute, the right-sider set up Bobby Wood to bring the States level at 2-2 in the 108th minute, but Mexico took the lead for the third time in the game with penalties looming and the US could not recover.
Two of our players could find themselves up against each other tonight (Sunday, October 11) when Christian Eriksen’s Denmark host Hugo Lloris and France in an international friendly, kick-off 7.45pm UK time.
Clinton Njie, meanwhile, will be hoping to feature for Cameroon as they travel to take on Nigeria, also in a friendly.
At youth level, Chris Paul and Charlie Owens are once again with Northern Ireland Under-19s for the second of two away friendlies against Iceland while youngster Jack Roles faces a home European qualifier against Luxembourg with Cyprus Under-19s.
Also, with the start of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup drawing ever nearer, Marcus Edwards, Kazaiah Sterling and Alfie Whiteman are with the Young Lions for their final warm-up match against host nation Chile.