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Jackett Eyes Sako Boost

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11:41 6th March 2014

Winger makes international bow

Kenny Jackett hopes Bakary Sako will take a boost from making his international debut for Mali.

The in-form winger played 90 minutes as Mali drew 1-1 with Senegal in Paris last night as one of a number of Wolves players away on international duty.

“It’s a boost for him and he’s in good form too – I felt he had another good game on Saturday,” says Jackett.

“Hopefully it opens doors to international football that are beneficial to him.

“For this particular game it doesn’t rule France out – I don’t know whether playing for Mali affects some decision.

“He still has his options because it’s a friendly game and the African Nations is coming up next winter, which maybe he’s got his eye on.”

Elsewhere yesterday Matt Doherty played and scored for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s as they were beaten 2-1 in a qualifier with Montenegro.

His first half goal came from a corner taken by Wolves team-mate Anthony Forde.

Liam McAlinden came off the bench for his Republic Under-21 debut but Aaron McCarey, despite his recent impressive form in Wolves’ first team, was an unused substitute.

Skipper Samuel Ricketts came off the bench on 64 minutes as Wales defeated Iceland 3-1 in a friendly.

Midfielder Lee Evans was a 66th minute arrival for Wales Under-21s at Derby’s iPro Stadium in a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of England.

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