International Round-Up

Gareth Barry was rested as England were beaten 0-1 in a dull game in Dnipro, Ukraine. SWP, Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart failed to make the final eighteen, and Wayne Bridge was an unused sub. Probably why they got beat, not enough City.

Craig Bellamy scored as Wales lost 1-2 in Helsinki against Finland. Already out, and with only half a bench, rumour is Craig is considering his international future.

Vladimir Weiss was booked as Slovakia slumped to a disappointing 0-2 home defeat to rivals Slovenia. The Slovaks could yet miss out on an automatic qualifying place should they lose in Poland and Slovenia beat San Marino in the final round of games.

A Bulgaria side featuring Martin Petrov and Valeri Bojinov were embarrassed 1-4 in Cyprus. The result sees Ireland guaranteed of at least a play-off place. The Republic were denied a great win over Italy after a last-gasp Alberto Gilardino goal. Shay Given earned his 99th cap.

Talisman Emmanuel Adebayor was substituted with half an hour to spare as Togo were well beaten in Cameroon. Newcastle's Geremi amongst the scorers.

Carlos Tevez should play during the early hours in a must-win game for Maradona's Argentina against Peru. Felipe Caicedo is also in the Ecuador squad for their home tie against Uruguay.

Micah Richards both captained and scored for the under-21's during their entertaining 6-3 victory over Macedonia at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night.


  1. Ireland only needed to defend and they'd have won it. Instead they went looking for a third and were caught. Run it into the corners for god's sake. Disappointing. I hope they make it through the playoff.

  2. Not fussed if any national sides win or loose aslong as our players come back fit and injury free.

    It was blatantly obvious England were going to loose so that Croatia get a smack in the mouth for all the ranting on about England.

    Im surprised the Croats have not started whining already.

    Aslong as our players are ok im happy.