Roy’s boys against Serbia, Belgium

Finland will play Serbia on Saturday and Belgium on next Wednesday, and Hodgson has picked these lads. There’s one player from Veikkausliiga, and he’s a rookie – Hannu Patronen (CD/DM, 1984) of Honka is getting his first taste of national team.

[Correction: Sorry, two from Veikkausliiga; Mika Nurmela has become such a mascot for our national team that it’s dangerously easy to disregard his entire existence. “Who could ever replace Nure?”, as the saying goes…)

Jussi Jääskeläinen, Bolton Wanderers FC – 34 / 0

Peter Enckelman, Blackburn Rovers FC – 7 / 0

Magnus Bahne, Halmstads BK – 2 / 0

Sami Hyypiä, Liverpool FC – 82 / 5

Hannu Tihinen, FC Zürich – 55 / 4

Petri Pasanen, Werder Bremen – 36 / 1

Toni Kallio, BSC Young Boys – 28 / 1

Toni Kuivasto, Djurgårdens IF – 66 / 1

Veli Lampi, FC Zürich – 3 / 0

Ari Nyman, FC Thun – 13 / 0

Hannu Patronen, Honka – 0 / 0

Jari Litmanen, Malmö FF – 107 / 28

Teemu Tainio, Tottenham Hotspur FC – 35 / 5

Joonas Kolkka, Feyenoord – 75 / 11

Jari Ilola, IF Elfsborg – 28 / 1

Markus Heikkinen, Luton Town – 27 / 0

Mika Väyrynen, PSV Eindhoven – 27 / 2

Mika Nurmela, HJK – 66 / 4

Peter Kopteff, FC Utrecht – 39 / 1

Alexei Eremenko jr, FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast – 27 / 10

Roman Eremenko, AC Siena – 0 / 0

Mikael Forssell, Birmingham City FC – 45 / 16

Jonatan Johansson, Malmö FF – 76 / 13

Shefki Kuqi, Crystal Palace FC – 48 / 5

Six points from these matches, and the Baku mishap is (almost) forgotten – less than that, and things do get quite tricky…

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