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Sky Blue International Bonanza

Coventry City’s training camp has borne a deserted look over the last two weeks as a record number of international players set off to represent their countries.

A total of twenty-two players were called up for international duty at all levels, which is believed to be a record for the club. They included brothers Gavin and Craig Strachan and Gary McSheffrey, who has just signed a new three year contract with Sky Blues.

At senior level Gary Breen and Robbie Keane have been in action for the Republic of Ireland, Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo for Morocco, Magnus Hedman for Sweden and Mo Konjic for Bosnia.

The under-21 international representation included Barry Quinn and Barry Ferguson for the Republic, Morten Hyldgaard for Denmark, Gavin Strachan for Scotland, Runar Normann for Norway and Belgium’s Laurent Delorge although the two last named had to withdraw through injury.

Chris Kirkland, Craig Pead and Gary McSheffrey are in the England under-18 squad against Switzerland at Peterborough, Matthew Cook and Matthew Lewis have been selected for Wales under-18, Brian Ford, Martin Grant, Graham Mathie and Craig Strachan for Scotland under-17, and Daniel Wright for England under-15.

Sky Blues’ manager Gordon Strachan says:

"It is a credit to the players and to our scouts and coaches that we have had so many called up for their countries. The fact that we have been able to attract such a wealth of talent at all age levels shows the club is firmly on the right track."

One man who missed out however is Gary McAllister, who has won more than fifty caps for Scotland and captained his country, but who retired from international football after being given a rough ride by Scottish fans on his last international appearance.

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 8 Sep 99

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