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Bodvarsson Completes International Hat-Trick

Striker completes call-ups as four Wanderers prepare for duty

18 March 2022

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s selection by Iceland has made it a hat-trick of international call-ups for the Wanderers’ strikeforce.

Confirmation of Bodvarsson’s inclusion in a 23-man Iceland squad for friendlies against Finland and Spain follows Dion Charles’ return to the Northern Ireland squad and Amadou Bakayoko’s first call-up by Sierra Leone.

Bakayoko’s chance comes after scoring 10 goals for Wanderers so far this season, while Charles and Bodvarsson - who will be looking to add to his 62 caps for his country - both hit the ground running for the Whites after arriving in January.

“The squad has been strengthened and I think we’ve kicked on accordingly,” said Wanderers’ boss Ian Evatt.

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“They are three very good players and the most important thing for us is that they go and give a good account of themselves and come back in one piece and healthy for us to finish the season strongly.”

Wanderers’ scheduled League One fixture at home to Portsmouth on 26 March has been postponed due to international call-ups, with on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford taking the Whites’ number of international picks to four.

The on-loan Manchester City keeper has been named in England’s U20 squad for fixtures against Poland and Germany as Wanderers once again start to get a wider international feel.

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“It’s great for us to have internationals again. It shows we’re heading on the right path with the right players,” added Evatt, who has had the Whites heading back on an upward curve since taking the helm in 2020.

“It’s nice that we’ve got players being selected for national duty and nice for individuals to get recognition from their national teams.

“We wish them well and hope they impress and play as well as they possibly can do and hope they return in one piece.

“Traff aside, they are our own players as well.

“Josh Sheehan was also involved with Wales before his injury, so we’ve got some very good players now. We’re heading on the right path.”


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