Leeds United: Cooper leads Whites six on international duty

FIRST OF SIX: Liam Cooper is one of six Leeds United players on international duty.
FIRST OF SIX: Liam Cooper is one of six Leeds United players on international duty.
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LIAM COOPER could be the first of six Leeds United internationals in action over the next seven days.

Centre-back Cooper has been called into the Scotland squad ahead of this evening’s friendly at home to Canada, which comes four days before Sunday evening’s Group F World Cup Qualifier at home to Slovenia.

Whites midfielder Eunan O’Kane could be next in action as the 26-year-old is on duty with the Republic Of Ireland national side who face Wales in a Group D World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Friday evening.

Ireland are then in action against Iceland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium next Tuesday.

The weekend will also see international action for United’s top goalscorer Chris Wood who will lead the New Zealand line in two Oceania World Cup Qualifiers against Fiji.

New Zealand play Fiji io Lautoka on Saturday (1am UK time) and then welcome the same opponents in the reverse fixture next Tuesday (7.35am).

Whites centre-back Pontus Jansson will also be hoping to excel for Sweden when they welcome Belarus in a Group A World Cup Qualifier on Saturday evening.

Sweden also visit Portugal for a friendly next Tuesday night.

For Northern Ireland, Whites winger Dallas could be in action on Sunday evening in a Group C World Cup qualifier at home to Norway.

Northern Ireland only have one game during the current international break.

And the sextet of Whites players on international duty is completed by Swansea City loanee Mo Barrow who has linked up the Gambia national side.

Gambia will face Morocco as part of their technical training camp, before meeting the Central African Republic in Kenitra next Monday.

Leeds return to action a week on Saturday for a 5.30pm kick-off at Championship hosts and promotion rivals Reading.

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