SEVEN Saints play­ers have been called up to senior nation­al team camps for the March inter­na­tion­al break.

For those who have not been select­ed by their coun­try, the inter­na­tion­al break will serve as the last respite before a chaot­ic run-in.

Southamp­ton are sched­uled to play their final 10 games of the sea­son in just 36 days, start­ing with their home fix­ture against Mid­dles­bor­ough on Fri­day, March 29.

Here is a full run­down of who has been called up this month and who they will face…

Repub­lic of Ire­land

The Repub­lic of Ire­land has the largest con­tin­gent of fit senior inter­na­tion­als and play­ers in the Southamp­ton squad, but have only select­ed two of a pos­si­ble three this month.

Gavin Bazunu and Will Small­bone have been includ­ed in inter­im boss John O’Shea’s squad to face Bel­gium and Switzer­land at home.

Full-back Ryan Man­ning has not been includ­ed in the camp which also includes Cham­pi­onship top goalscor­er Sam­mie Szmod­ics.

Bazunu has start­ed eight of Ire­land’s last nine match­es but could lose his spot between the sticks to Liv­er­pool’s Caoimhin Kelle­her, who has impressed in the Pre­mier League in Alis­son Beck­er’s absence.

Daily Echo: Gavin Bazunu, 22, has earned 21 caps for the Republic of IrelandGavin Bazunu, 22, has earned 21 caps for the Repub­lic of Ire­land (Image: PA)


For­ward Che Adams has been called back to the Scot­land squad hav­ing been replaced by Heart’s Lawrence Shank­land dur­ing Novem­ber’s inter­na­tion­al win­dow.

Stu­art Arm­strong has also been includ­ed in Steve Clarke’s 25-man squad along­side Andy Robert­son, Scott McTom­i­nay and John McGinn.

Scot­land, who have qual­i­fied for this sum­mer’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in Ger­many, are sched­uled to face the Nether­lands at the Johan Crui­jff Are­nA and North­ern Ire­land Ham­p­den Park.

For Adams, this camp is a chance to ensure he shoots back to first-choice strik­er ahead of their open­ing Euros game against Ger­many in Munich.


Loa­nee David Brooks has been includ­ed in Rob Page’s squad for Wales’ Euro qual­i­fy­ing play­off cam­paign.

Wales must beat Fin­land at the Cardiff City Sta­di­um to set up a home play­off final against either Poland or Esto­nia.

Brooks will link up with a num­ber of Leices­ter, Ipswich, and Leeds play­ers with whom he is com­pet­ing for pro­mo­tion.

Daily Echo: David Brooks is one of many inform attackers for WalesDavid Brooks is one of many inform attack­ers for Wales (Image: PA)


As out­lined, Jan Bednarek’s Poland are also in play­off action and must beat Esto­nia at the PGE Nar­o­dowy Sta­di­um to progress to the final.

The win­ner of Wales and Poland’s play­off path will enter Group D along­side the Nether­lands, Aus­tria, and France.

North­ern Ire­land

Mid­field­er Shea Charles may not be a reg­u­lar for Saints yet hav­ing joined in the sum­mer but the 20 year old has estab­lished him­self as a key play­er for North­ern Ire­land. 

He’s been select­ed in Michael O’Neil­l’s side, who are slat­ed to face Roma­nia and Scot­land in away inter­na­tion­al friend­lies.

Daily Echo: Shea Charles has played 1,241 Championship minutes for Southampton this seasonShea Charles has played 1,241 Cham­pi­onship min­utes for Southamp­ton this sea­son (Image: PA)
Not select­ed for senior squads:

Hav­ing been a part of the Super Eagles side that lost the Africa Cup of Nations final, Joe Ari­bo has not been includ­ed in their squad this month.

The break will allow Ari­bo a chance to recharge hav­ing come straight back into the Saints team post AFCON.

Full list of Saints play­ers not select­ed for inter­na­tion­al camps:

Joe Lum­ley, Alex McCarthy, Kyle Walk­er-Peters, James Bree, Jack Stephens, Juan Lar­ios, Ryan Man­ning, Joe Roth­well, Joe Ari­bo, Fly­nn Downes, Ryan Fras­er, Adam Arm­strong, Kamaldeen Sule­m­ana, Ross Stew­art, Sek­ou Mara.