Long set for huge World Cup play-off in Dublin

By SFC Media Tue 14 Nov International
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It’s a huge day of international action for a number of Southampton players, with Shane Long involved in a crucial World Cup play-off against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium (7.45pm GMT).

Republic of Ireland earned a valuable 0-0 draw in Copenhagen to bring back to Dublin for the second leg, with Long introduced on the 74th minute in that tightly-contested encounter.

Earlier in the day, Jan Bednarek is in the Poland Under-21 squad as they meet Denmark in a European Championship qualifier (5pm GMT), hoping to build on their 2-2 draw with the Faroe Islands.

Virgil van Dijk is likely to start for Netherlands as they travel to Romania for their latest international friendly (7pm GMT).

van Dijk played the full 90 minutes and helped his side to a clean sheet in the 1-0 success over Scotland, which came courtesy of a Memphis Depay strike.

Maya Yoshida’s Japan are also in friendly action away from home against Belgium at Jan Breydel Stadium in a 7.45pm kick-off.

Finally, England go head-to-head with Brazil at Wembley (8pm GMT) with Saints full-back Ryan Bertrand hoping to be involved after being rested but making an appearance from the bench in the stalemate against Germany.

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