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31 March 2021

A look at how Kwadwo Baah, Gavin Bazunu, Conor Grant and Jack Vale got on whilst away on international duty…

Gavin Bazunu had a memorable first call-up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad, after starting two out of the side’s three games during the latest round of international fixtures.  

The Dale goalkeeper, on loan at the club from Manchester City, made his senior debut in the side’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg in Dublin. He pulled off several fine saves in the narrow 1-0 defeat, being beaten only by a long-range effort that he could do nothing about.

Following his performance at the Avia Stadium on Saturday, Bazunu retained his place in the starting eleven for Tuesday’s friendly against Qatar in Hungary. The Republic of Ireland opened the scoring through James McLean in the first half, but Qatar levelled proceedings early in the second period, when Mohammad Muntari netted a well-taken effort.

Ireland’s next World Cup Group A qualifying match takes place in September, when they host Azerbaijan. 

Elsewhere, Conor Grant made his Republic of Ireland under-21 debut on Friday, as they took on Jack Vale’s Wales under-21 side in Wrexham. 

Grant was a second half substitute, entering into the action in the 73rd minute. 

Ireland had been trailing to an early Wales goal but turned the game on its head in the second half, scoring two goals to win the match 2-1. 

Dale’s Vale, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, who was called up to the Wales under-21 side, was named in the matchday squad for the fixture but was an unused substitute. 

Meanwhile, Kwadwo Baah made his England under-18 debut on Monday. He came on in the second half, in the young Lions' 2-0 win over Wales.

Congratulations to Gavin, Conor, Jack and Kwadwo on receiving their call-ups! 


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