Five Leeds United players called up for international duty

Eunan O'Kane.  PIC: Tony Johnson
Eunan O'Kane. PIC: Tony Johnson
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FIVE PLAYERS will represent Leeds United on international duty over the next two weeks – including Eunan O’Kane despite being involved in a “minor” car accident on Sunday afternoon.

Republic of Ireland midfielder O’Kane was travelling to Dublin with international team-mate Shane Duffy when his jeep became involved in a collision.

Chris Wood. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Chris Wood. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

The duo were travelling to join up with the rest of the squad before flying to New York ahead of Friday’s friendly with hosts Mexico (kick-off 1am).

But the the Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that the duo would still be travelling as planned.

“We can confirm Shane Duffy and Eunan O’Kane were involved in a minor car crash en route to Republic of Ireland training camp today,” said the statement on Sunday.

“The two players have now reported safely to the team hotel in Dublin.”

Pontus Jansson.  PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Pontus Jansson. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

The Republic of Ireland will then fly back for Sunday’s friendly at home to Uruguay (kick-off 6pm).

The two friendlies are in readiness for the World Cup Qualifying clash at home to Austria on Sunday, June 11.

Chris Wood, Pontus Jansson, Stuart Dallas and Ronaldo Vieira complete the quintet of Leeds players on international duty, with 18-year-old midfielder Vieira on duty for England’s under-20s.

The young Three Lions are competing in the Toulon Tournament in France which began on Monday as England took on Angola in their first Group A match.

The young Three Lions then lock horns with Cuba on Thursday before finishing their Group campaign on Sunday against Japan (kick-off 3pm).

There are three Groups which each winner plus the best runner-up advancing to the knockout stage. The tournament ends on Saturday, June 10.

Wood and Dallas could lock horns with each other on Friday evening as Wood’s New Zealand side visit Dallas’ Northern Ireland team for a friendly (kick-off 7.45pm).

New Zealand then travel to Belarus for another friendly on Sunday with two games being used as warm-ups in readiness for the side’s Confederations Cup campaign which begins with a match against hosts Russia on Saturday, June 16.

Northern Ireland will follow the friendly against New Zealand with a Group C World Cup Qualifying clash in Azerbaijan on Saturday, June 10.

Centre-back Jansson, who will be away with Sweden, faces a Group A World Cup Qualifying clash at home to France on Friday, June 9.

Sweden then visit Norway for a friendly on Tuesday, June 13.

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