International action as Canaries players focus on Euro 2020 ties

Norwich City stars Teemu Pukki, left, and Mario Vrancic, right, will be on opposing teams in Euro 2020 qualifying today Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City stars Teemu Pukki, left, and Mario Vrancic, right, will be on opposing teams in Euro 2020 qualifying today Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City stars Teemu Pukki and Mario Vrancic will be on opposing sides this afternoon.

Prolific striker Pukki is with Finland and looking to maintain a three-game winning streak on home turf in competitive games, with midfielder Vrancic back in the Bosnia & Herzegovina squad for the first time since 2017 for the Euro 2020 qualifier (5pm UK time).

Bosnia sit third in Group J after taking four points from two games, while the Finns lost in Italy but won 2-0 in Armenia and won all three of their home games in the Uefa Nations League - winning their group to guarantee a Euro 2020 qualification play-off place.

Pukki said in Finland's pre-match press conference: "We are happy in front of our home crowd, so that is probably one of the reasons for the great results. I hope that our defence will keep Lukas (Hradecky, goalkeeper) without a shot, so that maybe one goal will be enough to win."

The 29-year-old, who scored a remarkable 33 goals in 54 games for club and country during 2018-19, added: "After the season I needed a little break, after the long season in the Championship, then I started training on my own, and then with the players after joining up with the camp."

City players Jamal Lewis and Michael McGovern are in Estonia with Northern Ireland for a qualifier today as well (5pm), looking to continue their 100 percent start to Group C, ahead of a trip to Belarus on Tuesday.

Canaries midfielder Kenny McLean will be hoping to keep his place in the Scotland team as well, against Cyprus (7.45pm), for Steve Clarke's first match as manager since replacing Alex McLeish after a shaky start to their Group I campaign.

The former Kilmarnock and West Brom boss said McLean is one of the players adding to the feel-good factor in the squad, after City's title success, with captain Andy Robertson greeted by a round of applause following Liverpool's Champions League triumph.

"There has been a few in the group who had successful seasons," Clarke told Press Association Sport. "The Celtic lads, Kenny McLean, John McGinn (Aston Villa) have all finished the season feeling good about themselves.

"Hopefully we can get that into the whole squad and carry that forward as group of players."

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