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International Focus: Samuelsen and Cullen scrap for Euro U21 spot and more

West Ham have seven senior players and nine youngsters away on international duty in the coming days.

Six current Hammers are representing their country, while Edimilson Fernandes (on loan at Fiorentina) is also in action.

And seven players on West Ham’s books are representing their nation at age group level, while loanees Martin Samuelsen and Josh Cullen are also set for duty.

Here, we look at the West Ham youngsters in our latest international focus. Who are they facing? What is at stake? And how will the young Hammers fare in the next few days?

Martin Samuelsen vs. Josh Cullen

Martin Samuelsen has scored once in three games for Norway’s senior side. (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

In Group 5 of the Euro U21 qualifiers, things have reached boiling point. Two Hammers are going head-to-head in a desperate scrap for the last qualifying spot.

With two games remaining, Martin Samuelsen’s Norway and Josh Cullen’s Republic of Ireland sit level on 14 points.

But Norway edge the goal difference by two strikes. A tense finale is expected in the final two matches.

However, both teams have the ominous task of facing Germany’s under-21 side, who sit a the top of this group.

Norway are first to face the Germans and that game is on Friday away from home. Then, Ireland travel to Germany for their final qualifying game on Tuesday.

Before that, the Irish play Israel away from home on Thursday and Norway follow their German test with a home tie against Azerbaijan next Tuesday.

Whoever picks up more points goes through and it could be a case of goal difference deciding this one.

Samuelsen, a winger on loan at VVV Venlo, has earned senior caps for Norway but has dropped down to the under-21 side, while Cullen (on loan at Charlton Athletic) is the captain of the Boys in Green.

Conor Coventry

Conor Coventry has already made his first-team debut. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Coventry is also away on duty with Republic of Ireland. The young midfielder is playing for their under-19 side.

The 18-year-old made his first-team debut last month, in West Ham’s 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town, and will be hoping to impress for his country now.

The teenager central midfielder has three games. Firstly, he faces Bosnia and Herzegovina in Ireland today.

Then, on Saturday, the young Irishmen host the Faroe Island, before another home tie against Netherlands under-19s on Tuesday.

All three games are Euro U19 qualifiers and Coventry has a chance to help his nation reach a major age group tournament.

Nathan Trott, Joseph Anang and Serine Sanneh

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Joseph Anang of West Ham United in action during the Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group D match between Bristol Rovers and West Ham United U21’s at Memorial Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

West Ham have three goalkeepers in youth action for England in the coming days.

Nathan Trott will be hoping to add his sixth and seven caps for England’s under-20 side in the next few days.

AFC Fylde is the location for England under-20’s clash with Italy on Thursday, before an away trip to Czech Republic follows on Monday. Both games are friendly matches.

Joseph Anang has also received a call-up by England. The Ghana-born goalkeeper, 18, is in the under-19 squad to face Portugal away on Thursday and Macedonia at home on Tuesday.

It would be the teenager’s debut for the Young Lions.

15-year-old Serine Sanneh has been invited to train with the England under-17 side, although he will not play any games.

Ajibola Alese

Ajibola Alese plays at centre-back and captains West Ham’s youth side. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Fresh after winning the Limoges tournament, Ajibola Alese returns to action for England under-18s.

On Thursday, Alese’s side host Sweden under-18s and on Monday, they have another home friendly against Czech Republic.

Peter Stroud

West Ham’s summer signing Peter Stroud will be in action for USA. The 16-year-old is in the American’s under-17 squad for a tournament in England.

The games are against England in Chester on Friday, Brazil in Nantwich on Sunday and Russia in Witton on Tuesday.

Sebastian Nebyla

Last but not least, Sebastian Nebyla will be in action much later this month.

The Slovakia under-17 international plays Northern Ireland, San Marino and Turkey in qualification for Euro U17.

The games take place between the 24th and 30th October and all of them are in Turkey.

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