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INTERNATIONAL WATCH | Gametime for Galbraith and Cukur

18 November 2021

Rovers duo Ethan Galbraith and Tiago Cukur were both in action over the course of the international break, representing Northern Ireland and Turkey U21's respectively, while ‘keeper Pontus Dahlberg linked up with the Swedish senior squad and was on the bench for their two World Cup qualifiers.

Midfielder Ethan Galbraith was called up to the senior team this international break but, as an unused substitute for both of his nation’s World Cup Qualifiers, he was drafted into the U21 side and made captain for their clash with Malta.

It would prove to be a disappointing evening for Galbraith and the young Northern Irish side, as they were beaten by Malta 2-0, failing to build on the momentum from a triumph against Lithuania earlier on in the week.

The result saw Malta climb above Northern Ireland in Group C of the European U21 qualifying round, with the green and white army currently occupying fifth in their group.

Meanwhile in Group I of the qualifiers, Rovers forward Cukur would also taste defeat, as Turkey U21's were beaten by Belgium and Denmark with Cukur starting against the former and featuring off the bench against the latter.

The results see Cukur's Turkey occupy fourth place in their group, behind the aforementioned nations and Scotland, who they trail on goal difference.

Finally, Rovers’ keeper Pontus Dahlberg enjoyed another taste of senior international football, as he was once again a part of the Sweden camp as an unused substitute for their final two World Cup qualifiers.

It would prove to be an irritating week for the Swedes as defeats at the hands of Georgia and Spain denied them automatic qualification to next year's World Cup.

The outcome of these results leaves Sweden in second place in their group behind Spain, as such, they will have to participate in the World Cup qualifiers early next year in a bid to reach the World Cup finals in Qatar.

While results didn’t go the way the trio would have wanted, they have benefitted from experiences earned on the international stage and have returned to training ready for Saturday's clash with Lincoln at the Keepmoat Stadium.

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