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With James Tarkowski forced to withdraw from England duty, five Burnley players have represented their countries at full international level over the past six days and have won nine caps between them, two of them coming in friendlies last Thursday and seven more since in the Nations League.

Matěj Vydra became the first Burnley player to represent the Czech Republic

Matěj Vydra became the first Burnley player to represent the Czech Republic

Sam Vokes was in the Wales side beaten 4-1 by Spain at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. He played the whole game for Ryan Giggs’ team and scored the late consolation goal. It was Sam’s 12th goal for his country in what was his 60th appearance.

On the same night, Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson was on duty for Iceland in France. He came off during the second half with Iceland leading 2-0 but they had to settle for a draw with France scoring two late goals to draw level.

Saturday brought the first of the Nations League games. Both Kevin Long and Jeff Hendrick were in the Republic of Ireland team held to a 0-0 draw by Denmark in Dublin while the Czech Republic became the latest country to be added to the list of Burnley internationals when Matěj Vydra returned to international action in their 2-1 win in Slovakia.

Guðmundsson was back in action on Monday, playing the whole game for Iceland at home against Switzerland. He played the full game but it hasn’t been a good tournament to date for Iceland who lost a third consecutive game and are bottom of Group A2.

Last night saw three of our players in action but with no success. Vydra was again in the Czech side beaten 1-0 against Ukraine while the Irish pair were in action again in Dublin in a 1-0 defeat against Wales for whom Vokes was an unused sub. Ireland, like Iceland are bottom of their group while both Wales and the Czech Republic sit second in theirs.

We had three more players on duty with the Republic of Ireland. Jimmy Dunne was in the under-21 squad beaten 3-1 by Israel and 2-0 by Germany. He made a substitute appearance in the Germany came, replacing Danny Kane.

They had more success in the under-19 tournament, winning all three games against Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands and the Netherlands. Both George McMahon and James Clarke were in the squad but they didn’t feature in any of the games.

All of the players will now be returning to Burnley for training tomorrow ahead of our game at Manchester City this Saturday.

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