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Bonds and Southwood earn international call ups

7 March 2023

Cheltenham Town midfielder Elliot Bonds and keeper Luke Southwood have recieved international call ups for their respective nations, Guyana and Northern Ireland.

Guyana international Bonds has been called up for two CONCACAF Nations League matches against Bermuda (A) on Saturday, 25 Mar and Montserrat (H) on Wednesday, 29 Mar. Southwood will join Northern Ireland for their UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying group fixtures against San Marino (A) on Thursday, 23 March and Finland (H) on Sunday, 26 March. 

As a result, the keeper on-loan from Reading will miss our away League One match against Oxford United, and Bonds will also miss the fixture against Oxford and our rearranged home clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

Clubs can only apply for a postponement if three or more players are called up for international duty, and therefore we cannot apply for one against Oxford near the end of the month.

Southwood has impressed during his spell with the Robins, and has helped the team reach 12 cleansheets in League One - four more than last seasons total.

He made his international debut for Northern Ireland in an international friendly against Luxembourg in a 3-1 victory, and will join Michael O'Neil's squad with the aim of adding further minutes to his international career.

Bonds has already featured seven times for Guyana, and made his international debut with the Golden Jaguars at the age of 18. His nation are already second in Group B of their Nations League group, and the number 23 will be aid Guyana in their final two matches of the competition.

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