Assist for Skipp but drama for Sinani as international duty continues for City stars
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There was an assist in a 5-0 romp for Oliver Skipp with the England Under-21s and Nations League drama for Danel Sinani with Luxembourg as international action continued for Norwich City’s players this evening.
National duty concluded successfully for Canaries midfielder Skipp when he set up one of the goals as the England Under-21s romped to a 5-0 win over Albania U21s at Molineux.
The Tottenham loanee was an unused substitute as the group winners played the first of two dead rubbers in Wolverhampton, beating Andorra 3-1 on Friday, but played the opening 75 minutes of the victory over Albania.
His delicate return pass to complete a one-two with sprinting Bayern Munich ace Jamal Musiala created the Young Lions’ third goal, as they completed their European Championship qualification campaign with 28 points from a possible 30, with 34 goals scored and nine conceded in their 10 games.
Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell were not in the latest squad due to injury but former City defender Ben Godfrey did play on Tuesday night, joining Skipp in also earning a seventh cap.
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Elsewhere, Canaries forward Sinani wasted a penalty and hit the post as Luxembourg were held to a 0-0 home draw by Azerbaijan in the Uefa Nations League - but it didn’t matter too much as Group C1 leaders Montenegro beat Cyprus anyway to earn promotion.
He had hit the woodwork with an effort from outside of the box in the 44th minute and in first half injury-time his spot-kick was saved as the hosts dominated but couldn’t make the breakthrough, with the 23-year-old playing the full 90 minutes.
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Luxembourg finished second in the group with Sinani, on loan in the Belgian top flight with Waasland Beveren, earning his 29th cap.
International action concludes for City’s players on Wednesday evening, with four players potentially in action less than 72 hours before Saturday’s game at Middlesbrough.
All of the Nations League games involving Norwich players kick-off at 7.45pm, with Tim Krul hoping to keep his starting role for Holland in Poland, who need a victory and Italy to slip up in Bosnia if they are to win Group A1 and reach the finals.
Michael McGovern is with Northern Ireland ahead of a home game against Romania in Group B1 with nothing but pride to play for but Kenny McLean and Scotland know that victory in Israel will seal Group B2 and promotion.
Teemu Pukki is in Wales with Finland knowing that victory over their rivals in Cardiff will earn promotion as winners of Group B4. The striker scored his 26th international goal as he won his 86th cap when he played almost all of a 2-1 win in Bulgaria on Sunday.