Another busy day of internationals for Saints' players

By SFC Media Tue 13 Jun International
Photo by Matt Watson

It’s another busy day of internationals, for Saints players today, with Ryan Bertrand, Fraser Forster, Maya Yoshida and Florin Gardos all involved.

Following their 2-2 draw against Scotland in World Cup qualifying, Gareth Southgate’s England face France in a friendly at Stade de France (8pm BST).

Bertrand could be involved after playing the duration of the game at Hampden Park, but the Three Lions boss has already confirmed that Fraser Forster will not feature, with Tom Heaton and Jack Butland set to play a half each in goal.

Elsewhere, Yoshida will lead Japan in their World Cup qualifier against Iraq in Group B. He captained the side in their 1-1 draw with Syria last week at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chõfu.

The Blue Samurai are currently top of the group, with two other sides also on 16 points.

Finally, Florin Gardos will be hoping to feature for Romania tonight as they face Chile in an international friendly.

Gardos was an unused substitute on Saturday as they lost 3-1 away to Poland in World Cup qualifying.

But he will be hoping to play some part against Juan Antonio Pizzi’s Chile at Cluj Arena (7pm BST), after being called up to the squad to replace Ludogorets defender Cosmic Moti, who was forced to withdraw.

The centre-back has been brought back into the squad by Head Coach Christoph Daum for the first time since June 2015, after a tough time with injury.

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