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International Villans: Chester & Taylor v Hourihane

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International Villans: Chester & Taylor v Hourihane

A number of our players are away on international duty over the next fortnight – taking part in World Cup 2018 qualifiers, Euro U19 qualifiers and friendlies. 

James Chester and Neil Taylor could go head-to head with team-mate Conor Hourihane this week. 

The defensive duo are with Chris Coleman’s Wales for their qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

The match takes place on Friday March 24, kick-off 7.45pm.Wales go into Friday's game at Dublin's Aviva Stadium third in the group, four points behind the table-topping Republic.

Hourihane, meanwhile, has been named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional Republic squad for the meeting with Wales as well as the home friendly with Iceland. 

The latter fixture is on Tuesday March 28, kick-off 7.45pm. 

JedinakInternationalVillansMainElsewhere, Mile Jedinak and Australia face a crucial qualifying double-header.

First up, they take on Iraq in Tehran on Thursday – before hosting UAE in Sydney next Tuesday.

Ange Postecoglou’s side sit third in its group, below the top two automatic spots. 

Meanwhile, fellow Australian Jordan Lyden is with the Socceroos’ U23s for their friendly matches. 

They take on Austria’s youngsters this Friday before a meeting with Finland next Monday as part of a training camp in the Spanish region of Murcia at the Pinatar Arena. 

Top scorer Jonathan Kodjia and the Ivory Coast have two friendlies.

With no World Cup qualifying games taking place in Africa over the international break, the Ivory Coast will instead travel to Russia for a friendly on Friday before taking on Senegal in Paris next Monday.

GrealishEnglandVillansMainJack Grealish will link-up with Aidy Boothroyd’s England U21s for their upcoming matches.

The young Three Lions face Germany in Wiesbaden on before a trip to the Randers Stadium to take on Denmark next Monday. Both matches are friendlies.

Leandro Bacuna and Curacao face El Salvador in a friendly on Wednesday.

The match takes place at Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador. 

Easah Suliman is with England U19s for their trio of Euro 2019 qualifiers. 

Keith Downing’s outfit are set to meet Norway on Wednesday, Spain on Friday and Belarus next Monday in the UEFA Elite Round Qualifier, with the winner of their group advancing to the tournament finals in Georgia this summer. All three fixtures take place at St George’s Park. 

Goalkeeper Viktor Johansson is part of Sweden’s U19 squad for their three qualifiers.

They take on Belgium on Thursday, Republic of Ireland on Saturday and Italy next Tuesday. 

There’s a first international call-up for Rory Hale.He is in the Republic of Ireland U21 squad for their U21 Championships qualifying round Group 5 fixture with Kosovo.

It takes place on Saturday at the Tallaght Stadium, kick-off 1pm.

By @AVFCOfficial 20th March 2017