MILLWALL’S international cast have had a busy few days – and two of them are on the verge of unique achievements.
The Lions’ match against Port Vale that was to have taken place last Saturday was postponed as a number of players were on World Cup and continental qualifying duty.
Young defender Mahlon Romeo, who featured for Millwall during pre-season, came on in the second half as Antigua and Barbuda won 1-0 in the first leg of their third-round tie against Guatemala in the CONCACAF section of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
If the Benna Boys complete the job on Tuesday then the next stage of their unlikely journey would see them placed in a group including powerhouses the United States and Trinidad and Tobago to compete for a spot in the final qualifying round.
Shane Ferguson made his comeback from injury when he came on as an 83rd-minute substitute in Northern Ireland’s 3-1 win in the Faroe Islands.
That result leaves Michael O’Neill’s men on the brink of qualifying for the European Championships for the first time in 14 attempts and if they beat Hungary at Windsor Park tonight they will complete that remarkable achievement.
Goalkeeper David Forde was on the bench for Ireland as they easily dismissed Gibraltar 4-0 on Friday, having earlier in the evening seen their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes boosted after Scotland’s defeat to Georgia.
Ireland continue their campaign with a home game against the Georgians tonight.
Jimmy Abdou, however, couldn’t prevent Comoros slipping to a second defeat in two games in their Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifying group.
Meanwhile, a crowd of 8,101 turned up at The Den on Saturday afternoon to witness Wigan Warriors beat Catalans Dragons 42-16 in rugby league's Super League Super 8s competition.