Conor Gallagher scores, Wilfried Zaha left out: Crystal Palace October international round-up

Crystal Palace players were involved in several international fixtures over the weekend across Europe and Africa.

Six members of the Eagles first-team squad have been away with their countries during October, with Palace’s next Premier League match not until next Monday when they travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal.

So far there have been no reports on injuries from any of the international contingent, with Patrick Vieira keen to avoid a repeat of the September break when Jeffrey Schlupp returned from Ghana duty with a hamstring injury.

The Frenchman has received a boost over the last week with Eberechi Eze returning to parts of first-team training, having suffered an Achilles tendon injury in May that was initially thought would keep him out until early 2022.

Below, has looked at each of Palace’s international players to see what they’ve been up to while away.

Jordan Ayew (Ghana)

Jordan Ayew was called up to the Ghana squad once again for their back-to-back FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe.

The winger started and played 60 minutes for the Black Stars as they won the first match 3-1, teeing up Mohammed Kudus for the home side’s first after just five minutes.

Zimbabwe equalised from the penalty spot at the start of the second half, but further goals from Arsenal man Thomas Partey and Ayew’s brother Andre wrapped up the win.

Jordan Ayew could be in action for Ghana again on Tuesday as they play the reverse fixture against the Warriors at the Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium.

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Joachim Andersen (Denmark)

Joachim Andersen on the ball for Denmark against Moldova
Joachim Andersen on the ball for Denmark against Moldova

Crystal Palace’s centre-back was not selected to start for Denmark in their match against Moldova but did come off the bench to feature in their 4-0 win.

The Danes are now seven points clear at the top of Group F, having won all seven of their matches – scoring 26 goals and conceding none in the process.

Denmark are next in action on Tuesday evening when they take on Austria in Copenhagen, with Andersen hoping to earn his 12th cap for his country at the Parken Stadium.

Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

Despite being called up to represent Ivory Coast for the first time since March, Wilfried Zaha was not in the Elephants’ squad as they beat Malawi 3-0 in South Afirca on Friday.

Goals from Max-Alain Gradel, Ibrahim Sangare and Jeremie Boga secured victory, which keeps the side top of their World Cup qualifying group ahead of Cameroon in second.

Ivory Coast were also without Ajax’s former West Ham striker Sebastien Haller and Manchester United defender Eric Bailly for the match, though all are expected to be involved in the return fixture against Malawi when the two sides meet in Benin today (Monday).

Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal)

Cheikhou Kouyate played 70 minutes for Senegal in their comprehensive 4-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory over Namibia at the Stade Lat Dior.

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The midfielder helped his country make it three wins from three in Group H with Idrissa Gana Gueye, Famara Diedhiou, Sadio Mane and Keita Balde all finding the net in the win.

The Lions are back in action again tomorrow (Tuesday) against the same opposition, with the match this time being played at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.

Conor Gallagher + Marc Guehi (England Under-21s)

Both Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi were again named in Lee Carsley’s Young Lions squad, and both started away in their UEFA Under-21 European Championship qualifier against Slovenia.

Conor Gallagher celebrates with Marc Guehi after scoring England Under-21's first goal against Slovenia
Conor Gallagher celebrates with Marc Guehi after scoring England Under-21’s first goal against Slovenia

The manager spoke before the match about how much he enjoyed working with the Palace duo and praised Patrick Vieira and his coaching staff for the first-team opportunities being afforded to them at Selhurst Park.

Gallagher proved why he is consistently being selected for his club by opening the scoring for England after just five minutes, with Cole Palmer then doubled the advantage shortly after to cap a dominant first-half performance from the visitors.

In the second period, the hosts managed to claw their way back into the game, forcing a draw that leaves England third in Group G after two matches.

The Young Lions are in action again this evening (Monday) as they take on the group’s bottom side Andorra at the Estadi Nacional.

Guehi will likely captain the team for the third time, having been named as skipper ahead of Carsley’s first match in charge against Kosovo.

Source by Football London

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