After the eventful 2-2 draw at Deepdale against Bolton, the first international break of the season is here and there has been plenty of current Preston players who have played for their country, some who have not been given a usual call up, whilst the rest prepare for the game against Reading on Saturday.
Robinson’s first international call up
After confirming his desire to play for the Republic Of Ireland back in March, Callum Robinson quickly earned a call up by Martin O’Neill for Scott Brown’s testimonial and now for the games against Wales and Poland, the forward scored his first goal of the season against Bolton.
On Thursday night, Robinson was handed his international debut in the Nations League starting in attack against Ryan Giggs’ Wales in a 4-1 defeat in Cardiff which featured the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, both of which scored.
With Robinson in the starting XI for Ireland, there was also PNE midfielder Graham Burke amongst the substitute bench as well as former Preston wide man Daryl Horgan, who left for Hibernian a few weeks ago. All will be looking to get a chance when the Republic Of Ireland play against Poland on Tuesday night.
Alan Browne was called up to the squad but picked up an injury ahead of the game against Wales which will see him be unavailable to play for his country in this international break. It is currently unknown as to whether he will be available for Preston’s game against Reading but with Pearson, Ledson, Woods, Bodin and Maguire already out, Alex Neil will be desperate for the midfielder to return to the team as quickly as possible.
Tough competition at Deepdale affecting International duty for Maxwell
After owning the number one goalkeeping spot for the first half of last season until he began to come in and out of the side, eventually losing his role to Declan Rudd, goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has earned several international call ups to the Wales squad since he arrived at Preston.
Although, after he has been second choice goalkeeper in the Championship so far this season, he was not chosen by Ryan Giggs for the Nations League games against the Republic Of Ireland and Denmark.
After Declan Rudd’s recent performances which saw him concede two goals against Derby and one against Bolton which he should have comfortably saved, there is currently a lot of debate as to who will start in North End’s next game against Reading and whether Chris Maxwell could get the call up to the team again for the Championship fixture, which would give him an opportunity to keep his place and increase his chances at being picked for the international squad in the future.
Nmecha pulls out of England U21 squad
After making thirty appearances for England’s youth teams, three of those being for the U21’s, Lukas Nmecha was called up once more by Aidy Boothroyd but quickly pulled out due to injury, he missed the game against Bolton and it has now been revealed that it was a minor knock he picked up which is why he missed that games and those against Netherlands U21 and Latvia.
The striker arrived at Deepdale as a very exciting loan signing from Manchester City but has yet to really impress for North End, he will be hoping to be for the Reading game and score his first Preston goal on Saturday.
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