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International duty for five

7 October 2014

Development squad defender Sam Lavelle kicks off a week of international football later today.

The young centre-half is with the Scottish Under-19 squad for their UEFA Under-19 Championship first qualifying round in Lithuania.

The Scots take on Finland this Tuesday afternoon before a game against the hosts on Thursday. They end their group matches with a game against Norway three days later.

The group winners and runners-up will progress to the elite qualifying round, which will be played early next year.

At Under-21 level, Darragh Lenihan, who was an unused substitute for the first team at the weekend, has linked up with the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish Under-21s have an international friendly against their Norwegian counterparts in Drammen this Thursday.

Friday night sees the seniors in action with Josh King kicking off proceedings for Norway with a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta.

The Norwegian's started their campaign with a 2-0 loss at home to Italy, so will be looking to bounce back against the Maltese.

They follow that with a home qualifier against Bulgaria on Monday 13th October.

Grant Hanley is with the Scotland squad for their two qualifiers. They start with a game against Georgia at Ibrox on Saturday 11th, before travelling to take on Poland three days later.

Corry Evans, who missed Saturday's match against Huddersfield through suspension, will hope to see action for Northern Ireland against the Faroe Islands on Saturday. They face Greece in Piraeus the following Tuesday evening.

• Rudy Gestede had been called up to represent Benin in an international match against Tanzania, but hasn't traveled due to the hamstring injury sustained last week.

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