Four Saddlers stars have been away on international duty...RICO HENRY – ENGLAND U19s
Left-back Rico Henry came on as a second-half substitute in England U19s' comprehensive 5-1 victory over Japan U19s.
The talented youngster replaced Leeds’ Lewis Cook in the 62nd minute of yesterday’s friendly at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.
Tammy Abraham scored twice while Josh Onomah, Patrick Roberts and Dan Crowley were also on target for the Young Lions.
It was Henry’s second appearance in four days for Aidy Boothroyd’s side after making his U19s debut in a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands U19s last Thursday.
The 18-year-old played the full 90 minutes as England U19s fought back from two goals down to draw, thanks to a double from Ryan Ledson.
After the match, Henry tweeted: “Proud to make my England U19’s debut, hopefully the first of many! Thanks for all the support!”
TOM BRADSHAW – WALES
Striker Tom Bradshaw was an unused substitute in Wales’ 3-2 friendly defeat against the Netherlands on Friday evening.
The 23-year-old is still waiting for his international debut, although he impressed Wales boss Chris Coleman in training.
“Tom has been good,” said Coleman.
“He has got something Tom Bradshaw. He is a goal scorer and a confident boy. He has got that little bit of something in and around the box for sure.
“I think sooner or later Tom will make his debut.
“Look at Tom Lawrence who has had to wait a long time. He has been in a lot of squads and had to wait to come on.
“But I have been impressed with Tom he has done very well.”
Bas Dost headed the Dutch in front before Joe Ledley equalised for Wales on the stroke of half-time.
But a second-half brace from Netherlands captain Arjen Robben, either side of a header from Emyr Huws, sealed victory for Danny Blind’s side.
ROMAINE SAWYERS – ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Playmaker Romaine Sawyers played 87 minutes of St. Kitts and Nevis’ historic 1-0 victory in Andorra last Thursday.
Devaughn Elliott scored the only goal on eight minutes to seal the Sugar Boyz’ first-ever victory over European opposition in their first match on the continent.
After the match, Sawyers tweeted: “Great historic 1-0 win against Andorra focus now switches to Estonia… Congratulations Elliott Devaughan on the match winner.”
St. Kitts and Nevis face Estonia in Tallinn tomorrow evening (kick-off 5.00pm).
NEIL ETHERIDGE – PHILIPPINES
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge missed the Philippines’ 1-0 defeat against Yemen in the 2018 World Cup/2019 Asian Cup qualifiers due to a muscle strain.
Ahmed Al Sarori netted Yemen’s winner with seven minutes remaining.
Etheridge has been capped 48 times by the Philippines.