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A review of our boys' international break

The last few days have been all about the international game. As the full national teams have competed for spots in the World Cup, the U21s have been vying to earn the right to take part in their European championship. In our international review we are checking how our Red Bulls got on while wearing their national colours.

  • The Austrian team were able to take a 2-0 win against the Faeroe Islands, but their hopes of taking a play-off place in World Cup qualifying were ended by a 0-1 defeat against Denmark. National coach Franco Foda kept our defensive stalwart Max Wöber on the bench for both matches. Andi Ulmer was also due to travel with the national team but was ruled out by illness.

  • Mo Camara was with the Mali national team as they took two wins against Kenya to remain on course for the World Cup. Our midfield dynamo played the full 90 minutes of a 5-0 win, but was on the bench for a 1-0 victory.

  • Brenden Aaronson faced as many as three fixtures for the US national team. With a number of absences from the squad, he was left carrying a lot of attacking hopes. The 20-year-old started against Jamaica and was able to provide an assist in the 4-1 win. Brenden came off the bench in a 0-1 defeat against Panama, while he played from the start again last night against Costa Rica. USA won 2-1 and are therefore on course to qualify for the World Cup.

  • Karim Adeyemi and the German team secured their spot at the 2022 World Cup at the start of the week. The 19-year-old appeared as a substitute in both their internationals and provided an inch-perfect assist against North Macedonia on Monday during a 4-0 win.

  • Denmark were also able to book their place at the World Cup with a win against Austria on Tuesday evening. Our right-back Rasmus Kristensen did not appear in either of the Danes' two wins over the week.

  • Luka Sucic probably had the best international week of all. Last Friday he performed superbly for the Croatian U21 team, providing a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win over Norway. On the same evening he received a call-up to the full national team, for whom he made his debut on Monday in a 2-2 draw with Slovakia. Our Young Bull on loan to Liefering, Roko Simic, also showed his goalscoring ability for the Croatian U21 team with four goals in two matches.

  • Benji Sesko came off the bench twice for Slovenia. In a 4-0 victory against Malta, the striker even scored, but the fourth-placed Slovenians didn't have such a happy time against Russia and were beaten 1-2.

  • The Austrian U21 side had to take the rough with the smooth. In a 4-0 win against Estonia, Junior Adamu and Nici Seiwald performed superbly. Junior was the Man of the Match with two goals and an assist, while Nici was able to contribute with a goal. The 1-3 defeat against Finland was a blow in their battle to qualify for the European championships though, with Junior having to sit that out due to illness. 

  • Germany's U21 national team with Nico Mantl were able to continue their winning run despite having a change of coach. Two more wins in European qualifying makes them unbeaten in 14 matches. Nico was on the bench for the games, however.

  • Maurits Kjaergaard was part of the starting line-up for two fixtures of the Danish U21 team. His side took a 1-0 win against Scotland but lost a top-of-the-group clash against Belgium 0-1.

  • Our speedy Swiss winger Noah Okafor starred in a 2-2 draw against the Dutch U21 team and started also in a 1-0 win against Belgium. Bryan Okoh did not appear as the Swiss went top of the European qualifying group thanks to the two wins.

The next international break will occur in mid-November. Our focus is now on the away Austrian Bundesliga tie in Altach on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League home match against Wolfsburg next Wednesday.

a debut alongside childhood icon Modric – how Luka Sucic found out about his call-up to the national team at midnight:

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