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7 June 2021

A number of Rotherham United players were in action during the latest round of international fixtures, with Millers defender Wes Harding making his first ever start for his country earlier today.

The 24-year-old capped off a fantastic debut season in Rotherham colours by earning himself a place in the Jamaica National Team squad ahead of their friendly clash with Serbia in Japan, making his first start this morning. 

Central defender Curtis Tilt also featured for Reggae Boyz, coming on as a second half substitute.

Winger Chiedozie Ogbene could be in line to follow in his teammate’s footsteps tomorrow night, when the Republic of Ireland take on Hungary, while young striker Joshua Kayode featured in the U21 side’s triple header of fixtures in Marbella.

Here is a round-up of how they all went on.

 

Wes Harding and Curtis Tilt…

Rotherham United defender Wes Harding won his first senior cap for his country, playing the full 90 minutes as Jamaica drew 1-1 with Serbia at Miki Athletic Stadium in Japan, earlier today.

The 24-year-old has proved himself as a capable operator across the backline for Paul Warne’s side during the 2020/21 campaign, earning himself the opportunity to test himself at international level.

The Reggae Boyz took the lead through Watford striker Andre Grey in the 29th minute, but were pegged back in the second half by the European side.

The game also saw Curtis Tilt appear as a second half substitute, the central defender spent the previous campaign on loan with Wigan Athletic, playing a key role as the Latics masterminded a fine escape from Sky Bet League One relegation.

 

Chiedozie Ogbene…

Flying-winger Chiedozie Ogbene could be in line to win his first cap for the Republic of Ireland, when Stephen Kenny’s side take on Hungary at Szusza Ferenec Stadion tomorrow.

The 24-year-old was named as an unused substitute as Ireland came from behind to defeat Andorra 4-1 at Johan Cruyff Stadium.

Chieo missed the majority of the 2020/21 campaign through injury, but returned towards the backend of the campaign, impressing Ireland boss Stephen Kenny enough to include him in the squad.

Now, he’ll be hoping to be involved in tomorrow night’s fixture, against Euro 2020 qualifiers Hungary.  

 

Joshua Kayode…  

Finally, Millers forward Joshua Kayode was also in action during the latest round of international fixture, representing Republic of Ireland U21s during their recent triple header of fixtures.

Jim Crawford took his side to Spain for a training camp, with JJ starting the opening clash with Switzerland U21s in Marbella, which they lost 2-1.

After coming of the bench in the 46th minute during a 2-1 success over Australia U23 three days later, Kayode made his second start from three as The Boys in Green were narrowly edged out by Denmark.

 

 


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