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READ | International round-up – June 2022

15 June 2022

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A trio of Rotherham United players were in action for their country in the latest round of international fixtures in June.

Winger Chiedozie Ogbene, forward Joshua Kayode and young striker Ciaran McGuckin all jetted off to feature for their respective nations, with some history-making results along the way.

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

Chiedozie Ogbene was in action for the Republic of Ireland as they began their 2022 UEFA Nations League campaign.

The flying-winger played the full match, but couldn’t prevent his country from slipping to a narrow loss in Armenia, before playing 78 minutes as they suffered the same fate in a home clash with Ukraine.

Ogbene sat out Ireland’s 3-0 thrashing of Scotland on Saturday 11th June, but returned on Tuesday as an 80th minute substitute, as Stephen Kenny’s men battled to a point against Ukraine in Poland, thanks to a Nathan Collins goal.

The results leave Ireland 3rd in their group, with four points from as many games.


Joshua Kayode was once again named in Jim Crawford’s Republic of Ireland U21 side for their UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifiers and he helped his country make history, as the youngsters secured a Play-off place for the first time.

Kayode was amongst the substitutes for their third successive victory, dismantling Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-0 thanks to goals from Ademipo Obubeko and a superb brace from Will Smallbone.

He then started just three days later, when the team took a huge step towards a Play-off berth with a 3-1 success over Montenegro, with Sweden’s failure to beat Italy confirming their spot two days later.

The U21s had the chance to qualify automatically when they travelled to face Italy in Ascoli, but the Azzuri were too strong, running out 4-1 winners, with JJ coming on with 16 minutes remaining.

Another Millers Academy graduate, Ciaran McGuckin was also in action for his country, as he continued an impressive season by again being included in the Northern Ireland U21s ranks for their European Championship 2023 qualifiers.

The recently signed professional came on as a substitute in the defeat to Spain at Inver Park to make his debut for the U21s, before helping the team to a point in Lithuania, after coming on as a substitute again, with nine minutes to play.

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