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Mixed results as Ipswich Town quintet gain international recognition

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 November 2019 | UPDATED: 14:54 15 November 2019

Alan Judge is away with the Republic of Ireland squad. Picture: PA

Alan Judge is away with the Republic of Ireland squad. Picture: PA

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Four Ipswich Town players have been in international action this week.

Ben Folami pictured during Town's 1-0 defeat to Colchester United in the EFL Trophy Photo: ROSS HALLSBen Folami pictured during Town's 1-0 defeat to Colchester United in the EFL Trophy Photo: ROSS HALLS

G'day mate

It's been a busy week for Ben Folami.

He was in Colchester on Tuesday night, leading the line for Ipswich in the EFL Trophy, then just a few days later he was in China to play for Australia's Under 23s.

It was worth his while, too, as he found the net 17 minutes after coming on in the second half, placing a neat shot into the bottom corner in a 5-1 win.

The young Aussies now have games against North Korea and Lithuania on Sunday and Tuesday, with Folami likely to play in just one of those games.

Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes have been called up for international duty. Picture: ARCHANTAndre Dozzell and Flynn Downes have been called up for international duty. Picture: ARCHANT

Young Lions

The England Under 20s midfield was dominated by Ipswich Town as the young Lions beat Portugal 4-0 on Thursday afternoon.

Flynn Downes and Andre Dozzell both started in midfield, with Downes completing 90 minutes and Dozzell being replaced on 65 minutes as they won their fifth and eighth caps respectively.

They will be in action again on Tuesday night when the Under 20s face Iceland's Under 21s in Wycombe.

"I always look forward to some time with England," Dozzell said recently.

"We have two difficult tests against Portugal and Iceland but hopefully I can get some more games under my belt.

"It's great to go with Flynn too. I room with him so I guess I can't get enough of him!"

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during the International friendly with New Zealand. Picture: PARepublic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during the International friendly with New Zealand. Picture: PA

Judgement Day

Irish midfielder Alan Judge won his ninth cap for the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night as Mick McCarthy's side beat New Zealand 3-1.

The 31-year-old came on as a 62nd minute substitute at the Aviva Stadium and will hope to have done enough to earn a place in the starting line-up for Ireland's vital Euro 2020 qualifier with Denmark on Monday.

Tommy Smith, who has recently been training with Ipswich's young players following the conclusion of the MLS season, was a substitute for New Zealand.

Armando Dobra pictured during Town's 1-1 draw with Lincoln City at Portman Road in the first round of the FA Cup Photo: ROSS HALLSArmando Dobra pictured during Town's 1-1 draw with Lincoln City at Portman Road in the first round of the FA Cup Photo: ROSS HALLS

Dobra's goal

Armandp Dobra scored his first international goal on Wednesday but couldn't stop his Albania Under 19 side from falling to a 5-1 defeat to Greece.

His side were already 3-0 down when Dobra netted after coming on as a 56th-minute substitute during the European Championship qualifying group game in Belgium.

Albania face Belgium on Saturday and then Iceland on Tuesday.

Up for the cup

Ipswich Town's Under 18s are in FA Youth Cup action against Exeter tomorrow afternoon.

The youngsters beat King's Lynn 6-1 in round one to set up tomorrow's game, which kicks off at Portman Road at 2pm.

The winners will travel to Cardiff in round three, with the game needing to be played by December 14.

Tickets cost £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Under 23s switch

The Blues Under 23s were due to host Colchester at Playford Road on Monday lunchtime but the game has been moved to Thursday at 1pm.

Entry is free.

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