Queens Park Rangers: Conor Washington and Massimo Luongo hope to help respective countries reach World Cup
PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 November 2017
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QPR forward Washington in Northern Ireland squad, while Luongo has joined up with Australia
Queens Park Rangers pair Massimo Luongo and Conor Washington will be busy this week as they look to help their countries qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Washington has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for their two-legged play-off against Switzerland.
The Green and White Army are at home in the first leg, which takes place at Windsor Park in Belfast on Thursday night.
The two sides then meet again on Sunday at St. Jakob-Park, the home of Swiss Super League outfit FC Basel.
If Michael O’Neill’s men are successful across the two legs, they will reach their first World Cup since 1986 — six years before Washington was even born!
But speaking after the draw was made last month, the 25-year-old said he had every confidence his country could reach next summer’s finals.
“We have done brilliantly in our qualifying campaign to get to this stage. We don’t want 14 months of work to go to waste so we are going to be right at it,” Washington told the club website.
“The home game is first so that’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere for us, and an interesting one for them.”
Luongo, meanwhile, has linked up with the Australia squad ahead of their two-legged inter-continental play-off against Honduras, who came fourth in north American qualifying.
The Socceroos have already won one play-off in qualifying, beating Syria last month to make it through to this stage.
Ange Postecoglu’s men are away in the first leg, which takes place in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Friday.
The sides meet again in Sydney on Wednesday, with the match due to take place at the ANZ Stadium in the Australian capital.
Both players will be doing all they can to ensure their countries can join the party at the World Cup finals next summer.
QPR winger Pawel Wszolek has also been called up for international by Poland, who have already qualified for the World Cup.
Poland entertain Uruguay in Warsaw this Friday, before hosting Mexico in Gdansk on Wednesday as they continue their preparations for the finals.
Wszolek will hope to impress if given the chance as he looks to hammer home his claims for a spot at the World Cup.