Swans stars set for international action

20th March 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal will keep fingers crossed for a number of his Swansea City players as they head off on international duty.

The Swans have a 14-day break between fixtures as they get set for a trip to Manchester United on March 31.

But no fewer than eight members of Carvalhal’s squad could be in action before the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Centre-back Alfie Mawson has played every minute for the Swans in the top flight this season, and he will hope for more game-time as he heads off with England’s senior squad for the first time.

Former England Under-21 Mawson has been called up by Gareth Southgate for friendlies against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday and Italy at Wembley a week today.

Fellow Englishman Tammy Abraham was capped for the first time at senior level earlier this season, but he is away with the under-21 squad in this break.

They face Romania at Molineux on Saturday before taking on Ukraine in a Uefa European Under-21 Championship qualifier at Bramall Lane next Tuesday.

Two Swans could be on opposite sides when Ki Sung-Yueng’s South Korea face Lukasz Fabianski’s Poland in the Polish city of Chorzow next Tuesday.

South Korea also play Northern Ireland in Belfast on Saturday, while Poland have another home fixture against Nigeria on Friday.

Andy King and Connor Roberts touched down in China yesterday after being named in Ryan Giggs’s first Wales squad.

Roberts has received his first senior call and will hope to land a maiden cap as Wales take on the hosts in the China Cup on Thursday before facing either Uruguay or Czech Republic on Sunday.

Swedish duo Martin OIsson and Kristoffer Nordfeldt, meantime, could feature against Chile (home) on Saturday or in next Tuesday’s friendly against Romania in Craiova.

There are also nine younger Swans away with their countries in this break.

Cian Harries, Daniel James, Jack Evans, Aaron Lewis and Liam Cullen are with Wales Under-21s for their Uefa European Under-21 qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday.

Ben Cabango (Wales Under-19), Matthew Roberts (Northern Ireland Under-19), Marco Dulca (Romania Under-19) and Marc Walsh (Republic of Ireland Under-17) are also on international duty.

Two Swans players who are out on loan are also on international duty.

Oli McBurnie, who is at Barnsley, has been called up to Scotland's senior squad for the first time as they face friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.

And Joe Rodon, who is currently playing for Cheltenham, is with the Welsh under-21 squad.