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Galbraith and Odubeko pick up caps during international break

30 March 2022

Ethan Galbraith twice skippered Northern Ireland U21 during the international break while Mipo Odubeko made his debut at U21 level with Republic of Ireland.

Striker Odubeko started and played 70 minutes as Republic of Ireland boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2023 UEFA U21 European Championship with a 2-0 win in Sweden on Tuesday.

It was the first time the West Ham United loanee had represented his country at U21 level, after previously turning out for the U17 group.

Galbraith earned his 14th and 15th caps at U21 level with Northern Ireland, captaining the side in defeats to Slovakia and France.

The U21 group - managed by former Rovers defender and coach John Schofield - suffered a blow to their qualification hopes on Friday with a 2-1 loss in Slovakia.

Their campaign should have taken them to Russia on Tuesday night but the game was postponed with the Russians currently barred from all UEFA competition due to the conflict in Ukraine.

Instead, Northern Ireland faced their French counterparts in Calais and were beaten 5-0 by a star-studded side. Galbraith played the opening 45 minutes of the game.

Both Galbraith and Odubeko are due to report back to Cantley Park ahead of Rovers’ trip to Wycombe Wanderers this weekend.

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