Michaël Cuissance was the first of ten Gladbach players on international duty this week. For Lars Stindl, Matthias Ginter (both Germany) and Jannik Vestergaard (Denmark), the focus is firmly set on qualifying for the World Cup.
Lars Stindl and Matthias Ginter are in the German squad to face Northern Ireland on Thursday (20:45 CEST). Die Mannschaft are currently top of Group C on 24 points, five ahead of Northern Ireland. A draw against Northern Ireland would suffice for Joachim Löw’s side to qualify for Russia 2018. Germany won the home leg 2-0. Germany then host Azerbaijan in Kaiserslautern on Sunday.
For Jannik Vestergaard and Denmark, the next step en route to Russia is Montenegro, also on Thursday at 20:45 CEST. Montenegro won the first match 1-0 away from home though Vestergaard didn’t play that day. It’s a crucial match for Denmark as they sit joint second with Montenegro with 16 points, three behind Poland. Vestergaard has 15 caps for Denmark, with one goal, though hasn’t played in either of Denmark’s past two games.
Reece Oxford and England U20s are taking part in the so-called Elite League in Italy. The central defender could make his third appearance for the team in a league that also includes the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland. England are second in the rankings with four points from two games.
Michaël Cuissance was the first Gladbach player in action after France U19’s 1-0 friendly victory away to Scotland. Cuissance has now played 35 matches at youth level and scored four goals.