Erik heads list on international duty

Erik Huseklepp
Erik Huseklepp
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

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Erik Huseklepp heads the list of Pompey players on international duty this week.

The winger is to link up with Norway’s squad ahead of their clash with Wales.

The friendly will take place at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Egil Olsen’s side last month failed to reach the Euro 2012 play-offs on goal difference.

Yet for the in-form Huseklepp, this weekend will be an opportunity to add to his 25 caps.

Elsewhere, Marko Futacs is involved in qualification for the 2013 European Under-21 Championships.

The Pompey striker is back to face Italy, having served a one-match ban.

Futacs was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the home fixture with the Italians.

That meant he had to sit out their last game with Turkey.

Now the 21-year-old returns to the squad looking to help reverse the fortunes of a team which has so far lost all three of their Group 7 matches.

They face their Italian counterparts on Tuesday, November 15, at 4pm.

Finally, Liam Lawrence has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland’s play-off first leg with Estonia on Friday.

Pompey’s skipper’s ankle injury has still not fully recovered.

Although he could yet return for the Tuesday, November 15 second leg.