Leeds United Pontus Jansson has been selected to take part in the latest round of friendlies by Sweden, while Japan failed to name Yosuke Ideguchi in the squad after the midfielder has found it difficult to get playing while on loan at Cultural Leonesa.
There were also a few other call-ups, with Stuart Dallas being included in the Northern Ireland Squad, Academy goalkeeper Will Huffer was called up to the England u20s, and Eunan O’Kane was named to the Republic of Ireland squad. Additionally, Bailey Peacock-Farrell was named to the Northern Ireland u21s as well.
| Pontus Jansson has been called up to Sweden's national team for their friendlies against Chile (24th March) and Romania (27th March) pic.twitter.com/4JL6HioQ8M— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 15, 2018
Pontus Jansson has had his good play for Leeds rewarded with a call-up to Sweden’s team that will face off in a pair of friendlies during the next international break. Sweden will face off against Chile and Romania during the break. Chile was expected to make the World Cup, but along with the United States and Italy, is a surprise omission to the tournament in Russia.
Sweden will want to use the opportunity to gauge the readiness of the squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, and so we might see Jansson picked as a starter for at least one of the matches, although he’s going to have to work hard to be picked as a starter in the World Cup this summer.
"They haven’t been chosen this time and if things continue the way they are, there's a chance that they won’t be chosen for the World Cup.” From The Japan Times, Japan's coach comments on Ideguchi (and others in the same boat):https://t.co/lPOL7VtPuz— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 15, 2018
A disappointing development was that the Japan squad did not name Yosuke Ideguchi, the Leeds player currently on loan in Spain. Ideguchi is playing for Cultural Leonesa in La Liga 2 right now, and has struggled to find the pitch. According to local sources, Ideguchi is having difficultly making the transition to Spain and it has reflected in his play.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been called up to the Northern Ireland U21 squad before, but he’s certainly earned a recall after getting time as the starting keeper at Leeds. The young keeper has played well in recent matches, even if the scoreline hasn’t been very pretty. Playing against U21s will be a bit of a change for the keeper who has been facing Championship level players this month.
Speaking of goalkeepers, Will Huffer is a surprise addition to the England U20 team. Huffer has been the first choice keeper at the U23 level for Leeds right now, along with Kamil Miazek. He’s been called up to the team and will face Poland and Portugal.
Eunan O’Kane has also made the 30 man provisional squad list for the upcoming friendly for the Republic of Ireland team that will face off against Turkey. His recent form hasn’t been the best, but O’Kane was a key part of the Leeds team that was able to lead the division back in September.
Finally, Stuart Dallas was named to the Northern Ireland squad that will face off against South Korea. Dallas was a key member of the Northern Ireland squad that fell just short of qualifying for the World Cup. Dallas was injured during his last time out with the Northern Ireland team, so here’s hoping that he comes back fine.
We might have missed one or two, so if you know of an international that we’ve missed, let us know in the comments!