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Aapo Halme called up to Finland U21 national squad

Leeds U23 defender had been a fixture in the youth teams for Finland

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Aapo Halme has been included in the Finland U21 national team squad. Finland will face off against Lithuania and Georgia.

Halme, who is a member of the Leeds United U23 team, came to Leeds during last January’s transfer window. However, because of injury problems, he only made his debut back in August for the Academy.

He’s reportedly played quite well since his return from a rather long spell out injured, so much so that some fans have speculated that he might be knocking on the door of the first team very soon.

He’s obviously impressed enough to be included in the upcoming U21 fixtures for Finland. Halme has previously represented his country at various youth levels, appearing four times for the U19s before making his U21 debut in the summer of 2017 and making three appearances.

Other British-based players joining Halme are Dundee’s Benjamin Kallman, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Hugo Keto, and Queens Park Rangers’ Nicholas Hamalainen.

Good luck to Halme, and here’s hoping that his return from injury and his good play for the U23s will mean that he might get some time with the first team or at least a look during the FA Cup in January.