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INTERNATIONAL WATCH | Captain's performance from Galbraith

10 September 2021

Midfielder Ethan Galbraith captained the Northern Ireland U21 side for both of their outings during the international break netting the winner in their second match.

After a disappointing defeat at the hands of Malta U21's in their first game of the week, Galbraith stepped up with a captain's performance in the second game against Slovakia U21s, netting the winner from the penalty spot to earn his nation a much-needed victory.

Galbraith was in good spirits speaking after the game, expressing his happiness as they bounced back from their defeat against Malta, while also praising former Rovers’ coach and current Northern Ireland U21s coach John Schofield.

He said: "I think it is the best way we could bounce back. There were spells in the game where we didn't have the ball, but everyone was working for each other.

"Since John has come in it has been great. He was assistant before that, and he knows the players well. He just wants you to express yourself. He wants you to play, and there is great potential in the team.

"It is always an honour playing for your country, and for Schoey to give me the captain's armband is a big honour for me and my family."

The performance from Galbraith in the second game was yet another showcase of his undoubted talent and the 20-year-old will be looking to maintain this level of form going into a busy run of fixtures for Rovers.

Galbraith wasn't the only Doncaster player to head away during the international break, with goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg linking up with the Sweden national team.

The 22-year-old was an unused substitute in all three of his nation's games over the break but is sure to have benefitted from the experience, being a part of a strong Swedish squad that included the likes of Victor Lindelöf and Alexander Isak.

The duo have returned to South Yorkshire and are at the disposal of Richie Wellens for Saturday's trip to Lancashire to face Wigan Athletic.

Photo credit: Northern Ireland

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