Joe Rodon

Swansea City stars shine on international stage

15th October 2019

Several members of the Swansea City squad have been busy on international duty over the last few days.

Connor Roberts and Joe Rodon started both games as Wales drew 1-1 in Slovakia last Thursday before another stalemate with Croatia in Cardiff on Sunday.

The pair played every minute under Ryan Giggs as Wales go into their final two Euro 2020 qualifiers needing victories over Azerbaijan and Hungary while depending on Croatia or Azerbaijan to take points off Slovakia.

Bersant Celina played a big role as Kosovo took a step towards qualifying for their first major tournament.

Celina set up the opening goal as the Kosovans beat Montenegro 2-0 on Monday night - a result which leaves them a point off second-placed and four behind group leaders England.

Kosovo have the top two to play in their remaining matches, which take place next month.

Kristoffer Nordfeldt is in Sweden's squad for tonight's Group F clash with Spain, while he was an unsused sub in the 4-0 win in Malta last weekend.


Connor Roberts
Connor Roberts is surrounded by Croatia players during Wales' Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.

Midfielder Ali Al-Hamadi marked his debut for Iraq Under-23s with a goal as they saw off Qatar 1-0. Al-Hamadi featured for 75 minutes in the win.

At under-21 level, four young Swans featured in Wales' 2-1 defeat in Moldova.

Jack Evans captained the team while Ben Cabango and Brandon Cooper also started while Keiran Evans came off the bench.

Ben Wilmot and Sam Surridge were part of England's 2-2 draw in Slovenia, with the latter marking his debut with a goal.

Both Swans loanees were introduced at half-time and it took 25 minutes for Surridge to make his mark.

Seconds after Wilmot saw his headed effort strike the post, Surridge struck home from close range to double England's lead.

They hope to again be involved tonight as England host Austria.

Meanwhile, Cameron Evans and Josh Thomas were on the scoresheet as Wales Under-19s beat Austria 2-0 on Monday.

Lewis Webb started in goal as he marked his debut with a cleansheet while Tivonge Rushesha also started and Dan Williams was on the bench.