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Defensive pair in action this evening

Charlie Mulgrew and Lewis Thompson are set to feature in their respective international outings

6 September 2019

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Defensive duo Charlie Mulgrew and Lewis Thompson are both set to feature in their respective international outings this evening.

Mulgrew, who is on a season-long loan at Wigan Athletic, is in the Scotland squad for two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Steve Clarke’s side take on Russia at Hampden Park tonight, before welcoming Belgium to Glasgow three days later.

Scotland have so far won two and lost two of their opening four games in Group I, with Mulgrew expected to add to the 41 caps he has for his country.

At Under-21 level, Lewis Thompson has linked up with Northern Ireland for a Euro Under-21s qualifier against Malta in Ballymena.

The 19-year-old represented England at Under-16s level, before switching allegiances to the Ulstermen.

They will be the first games played of the tournament, with Northern Ireland in Group H, alongside Denmark, Romania, Ukraine, Malta and Finland.

Thompson and the squad will soon tackle Finland at the Raatti Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off 5pm GMT.

But there's disappointment for fellow starlet Jack Vale, who will miss Wales Under-21s' two Euro 2021 qualifiers against Belgium and Germany, with both games being played at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

Vale hasn't recovered from a troublesome injury and will therefore play no part in either game in his hometown.

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