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A look at how the Barnsley players have fared representing their countries

9 September 2019

Three of the Reds’ first team contingent were in international action across Europe last week.

Aapo Halme, Patrick Schmidt and Luke Thomas all represented their countries and could potentially be featuring again over the next couple of days.

It was a particularly special night for Halme, who captained Finland U21s to victory in their UEFA Euro U21 qualifying fixture against Ukraine.

The 21-year-old central defender joined up with his national team on the back of an impressive display against Wigan Athletic, and stood out once more as goals from Inter Turku striker Benjamin Källman and Tromsø midfielder Onni Valakari sealed a 2-0 win in Zaporizhia.

Finland currently top Group H, although Denmark and Romania are yet to play. The Finns can add to their points tally when they host Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening in Oulu.

Elsewhere on the continent, Schmidt appeared as a late substitute for Austria U21s as they secured a 3-1 victory in their clash with Andorra.

A brace from Juniors OÖ forward Nicolas Meister and one from Southampton loanee Kevin Danso was enough for all three points.

Austria are third in Group C, having played just one game and also have to face England in their qualification campaign. However, up firs for Werner Gregoritsch’s side is a trip to Albania this afternoon.

Finally, Thomas made his England U20s debut on Thursday evening as Keith Downing’s side drew 0-0 with the Netherlands in their Elite League encounter.

The versatile forward replaced Luke Bolton with ten minutes remaining at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury.

England are back in action this evening when they face Switzerland in St. Jakob.

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