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Mid-Day Ticker: Henley gets Wales U-21 call-up, Tevez plays for reserves & more

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Another U.S.-eligible left back is testing the waters for another country.

Blackburn defender Adam Henley, 17, will represent Wales in its Under-21 European championship qualifier against Andorra on Wednesday, marking the second youth international with U.S. eligibility to accept a call-up for another country in the last few weeks. West Ham left back Daniel Potts will play for England's U-18 side in a friendly against Poland on March 7. 

Henley, born in Tennessee to a Welsh mother, has been a revelation for Blackburn this season, earning a starting role for the struggling Premier League side, for whom he signed a contract back in December through the 2013-14 season. He has previously played for the Wales U-19 squad but maintains eligibility for both England and the United States as well. He has never been a part of the U.S. set-up.

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Carlos Tevez is making his Manchester City comeback from the ground floor up.

The much-maligned Argentine striker played the opening 45 minutes for the City reserves in a 3-1 loss to Preston North End, marking his first on-field action for the club since a Carling Cup match against Birmingham City back in September.

Tevez refused to come off the bench in a UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich the following week, setting off a five-month saga that had him fined, suspended and linked to transfers to teams around the globe. He ultimately returned to City, apologized for his actions and withdrew his fine appeals and has embarked on the road to regaining his place in manager Roberto Mancini's first team.


Much like the United States, England's national team is having an injury crisis ahead of a high-profile friendly.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson became the fifth member of the original roster for Wednesday's match against the Netherlands to pull out of the squad, doing so because of an unspecified injury.

Johnson joins Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Kyle Walker and Tom Cleverley as players to miss out on the friendly after initially being called in. Manchester City's Joleon Lescott has replaced Johnson on the roster for England.


Wednesday marks a full slate of international friendlies, but there is some international action going on Tuesday as well.

Serbia defeated Armenia, 2-0, with Serbian-American centerback Neven Subotic starting and playing 78 minutes for Serbia. Stuttgart midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic scored in the first half to lead the Serbians to victory.

Former Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan did not suit up for Armenia, which called in a large roster for a pair of matches on back-to-back days. Movsisyan is expected to be play in Armenia's friendly against Canada in Cyprus on Wednesday.

In other friendly action on Tuesday, Brazil plays Bosnia & Herzegovina at 2 p.m. (GOLTV).


What do you think about Henley representing Wales? Like the idea of Tevez playing with the reserves? Think England has a shot against the Netherlands? Which non U.S.-Italy friendlies are you looking forward to catching?

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