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A Busy Weekend For Blues


It's been a busy weekend for Everton players as eleven of David Moyes' men have been away on international duty across the globe.

While Leighton Baines played an hour in England's 2-2 draw with Switzerland, several of his team mates were also representing their countries.

Phil Jagielka didn't feature for the Three Lions at Wembley, remaining on the bench as an unused substitute.  

Jack Rodwell was one of only four players who played a full-90 minutes for England Under-21s in their win over Norway on Sunday.

First-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Danny Rose sealed a 2-0 win over the Norwegians in their final friendly before this summer's European Championships.

John Heitinga played the duration of Holland's goalless draw with Brazil in Estádio Serra Dourada on Saturday evening.

But the news was a little more disappointing for the other Blues on Saturday night - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov remained on the bench as Russia recorded a 3-1 victory over Armenia in St Petersburg, with Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko netting a hat-trick.

Seamus Coleman was also an unused substitute in the Republic of Ireland's 2-0 win over Macedonia in Skopje - Robbie Keane hit a double to secure the visitors' victory.

And Tim Howard's USA suffered a 4-0 defeat in their friendly against Spain in Massachusetts.

The current World Champions scored three times in the space of 13 minutes, before Fernando Torres hit the target for the visitors in the second half. 
Victor Anichebe dropped to the bench for Nigeria's 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifying match against Ethiopia. On-loan Blue Joseph Yobo salvaged a point for the Super Eagles with an equaliser four minutes from time.

Friday night saw Joao Silva help Portugal Under-21s to a 2-0 win over Austria.

The Blues striker, who spent 2011 on loan at Portuguese side Uniao de Leiria, headed home his side's first from a corner on 14 minutes at the Algarve Stadium.

Young striker Magaye Gueye is in action later on today when France Under-21s take on Ukraine in Kiev.

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