Five Sheffield United players get Nations League call-ups - These two could finally follow suit
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Five Sheffield United players get Nations League call-ups - These two could finally follow suit

Five Sheffield United players have received international call-ups ahead of the upcoming Nations League fixtures.

The Republic of Ireland have named John Egan, Callum Robinson and Enda Stevens for their games with Bulgaria and Finland.

Sky Sports reports David McGoldrick will join them for the latter – if he has recovered from a foot injury in time.

Meanwhile, midfielder Sander Berge has been included in the Norway squad.

Scotland are yet to announce their squad, but it is highly likely that John Fleck and Oli McBurnie will be included in it.


Nations League fixtures are scheduled for the beginning of next month. And there are two more Blades who could follow their teammates and finally get recognition on the international stage.

Which else is in Nations League contention?

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First up there is George Baldock. Baldock is eligible to play for Greece through his paternal grandmother and was due to receive his first call-up by the country before it was put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak.

They play Slovenia and Kosovo in early September and the right-back is keen to be involved.

“I’d love to play international football. It would be a proud moment for my family and for myself to represent Greece,” Baldock told the Telegraph earlier this month.

“My grandmother, who has passed away, was 100 per cent Greek, which made my dad half and me a quarter. I think I’m eligible and it would be amazing, a real proud moment, if it could happen.

“I’m hoping the paperwork can be signed off and it would be brilliant. I’d never turn it down.”

Then there is the ongoing discussion about whether Jack O’Connell should be selected by England. It’s something we have been calling for on this website for some time.

Three Lions manager, Gareth Southgate, was monitoring O’Connell closely earlier this year. The 26-year-old has since gone onto help United to a ninth place finish in the Premier League and the fourth best defensive record in 2019/20.

Southgate does have some selection decisions to make in central defence. Sky Sports says there are question marks about whether he will include Harry Maguire after his arrest in Mykonos.

They add that Wolverhampton Wanderers captain, Conor Coady, could be in contention as a result. Like O’Connell, Coady also plays in a back three – which was apparently reason enough for Southgate not to select him in the past.

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