Big night of action ahead for Saints stars

By SFC Media Mon 04 Sep International
Photo by Reuters | Ryan Bertrand

Five Southampton players are potentially in action today, as a busy week of internationals nears its conclusion.

Up first are two of the club’s youngsters, with Jonathan Afolabi in the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad for their friendly at home to their Czech Republic counterparts (1pm BST), while Jake Vokins is with England Under-18s for a home friendly with South Africa Under-18s (7pm BST).

Then it’s the turn of a trio of senior stars, as they face crucial World Cup qualifying matches.

Fresh from scoring his first England goal, in Friday’s 4-0 win away to Malta, Ryan Bertrand will be hoping to help move England to the brink of the 2018 finals, in Russia.

The Three Lions, who top Group F, host second-placed Slovakia, at Wembley (7.45pm BST).

A win would put them five points clear of their opponents and at least six ahead of Scotland, who are currently third, with just two matches remaining.

Elsewhere, it’s a big night for Steven Davis and Northern Ireland, as they host Czech Republic, in Belfast (7.45pm BST)

If Michael O’Neill’s team avoid defeat, they will seal second place in Group C – and almost certainly a play-off spot – while a victory would keep slim hopes of catching leaders and world champions Germany alive.

Defender Jan Bednarek could also be in action this evening, as he hopes to earn a first senior cap for Poland.

The Group E leaders host bottom-placed Kazakhstan (7.45pm BST), as they look to maintain control in the standings.

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