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READ | Millers on international duty

22 March 2023

Club News

READ | Millers on international duty

22 March 2023

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With Sky Bet Championship action paused for the international break, six Rotherham United players are in-line to feature for their respective nations.

2018 World Champions France, as well as European powerhouses Belgium are the potential opponents for a couple of Millers, with a return to the international fold and the opportunity to earn a first cap on the agenda too.

Here is a round-up of who has been called-up and where they are playing.


Conor Washington and Shane Ferguson have been called up to represent Northern Ireland in their upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 matches.

The pair have both been named in Michael O’Neill’s first squad since re-joining the Green and White Army back in December, where they will lock horns with San Marino and Finland.

Whilst Ferguson has been a regular for Northern Ireland in recent years, Washington has been rewarded for his form in the Sky Bet Championship with a return to the fold, having missed out in 2022.

Alongside them in Qualifying Group H are Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark, Kazakhstan and Slovenia.

San Marino v Northern Ireland | Thursday 23rd March | 7:45pm KO (UK Time)

Northern Ireland v Finland | Sunday 26th March | 7:45pm KO (UK Time)


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Sunderland loanee Bailey Wright has also received an international call-up, with the defender included in Graham Arnold’s Australia squad.

The Socceroos are celebrating their historic 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign, in which they reached the knockout stages for only the second time in their history.

To mark the team’s achievements, the national team will play two fixtures against South American side Ecuador at CommBank Stadium in Sydney and Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, as part of their ‘Welcome Home’ series.

Wright has won 27 caps for his country and helped them to a victory and clean sheet at the finals in Qatar, where they beat Denmark 1-0 at Al Wakrah Stadium.

Australia v Ecuador | Friday 24th March | 9am KO (UK Time)

Australia v Ecuador | Tuesday 28th March | 8:30am KO (UK Time)


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Flying winger Chiedozie Ogbene has been a regular for the Republic of Ireland since his international bow in June 2021 and has once again been named in boss Stephen Kenny’s squad for the latest round of fixtures.

As with Ferguson and Washington, Ogbene will be hoping to his country can make a positive start to their UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying campaign, which begins at Aviva Stadium against France, with Ireland hosting Latvia in a friendly at the same venue a few days before the meeting with Les Blues in Dublin.  

The 25-year-old has been in superb form for his club side this term, with eight goals and three assists in all competitions this term and will be hoping to add to the three goals he’s scored for his country.

Ireland have been handed a tricky qualifying group, with the Netherlands and Greece also in their pool, alongside Gibraltar.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia  | Wednesday 22nd March | 7:45pm KO (UK Time)

Republic of Ireland v France | Monday 27th March | 7:45pm KO (UK Time)


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Goalkeeper Viktor Johansson has been rewarded for his scintillating form between the sticks with his first senior call-up to the Swedish National Team.

Johansson will be hoping to make his senior bow for his country, when they take on Belgium and Azerbaijan in their EURO 2024 qualifying fixtures.

The popular stopper – affectionately dubbed ‘The Viking’ by supporters – has been on the Millers’ standout performers thus far, with his displays yielding 10 clean sheets, as well as some crucial saves.

As well as Azerbaijan and Belgium, Janne Andersson’s side will be vying for a place in the finals with Estonia and Austria in Group F.

Sweden v Belgium | Friday 24th March | 7:45pm KO (UK Time)

Sweden v Azerbaijan | Monday 27th March | 7:45pm KO (UK Time)

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Leeds United loanee Leo Hjelde completes the counting of Millers players jetting off on international duty, with the popular full-back set to feature for the Norway U21 side for their friendly fixtures against the Netherlands and Portugal.

The 'Drillos Løvene' youngsters will travel to both the Netherlands and Portugal to play the games on Saturday 25th March and Tuesday 28th March respectively, in their final warm-up games ahead of the summer’s European Championships.

Leo has represented his nation every youth level from Under 16s to Under 21s and will be hoping to earn his second cap for the U21s during the international break.

Netherlands U21s v Norway U21s | Saturday 25th March | 5pm KO (UK Time)

Portugal U21s v Norway U21s | Tuesday 28th March | 7pm KO (UK Time)

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