International Round-Up

by Matthew Judge
@Everton

England stars Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines did their international careers plenty of good in the Three Lions' 2-1 win over Italy in Berne on Wednesday night.

Jagielka scored his first international goal while Baines showed again he is comfortable at the highest level with a quality display.

Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman enjoyed his first taste of full international football for more than a year as a late substitute in the Republic of Ireland's 0-0 draw with Serbia in Belgrade.

His Blues teammate Darron Gibson had earlier pulled out of the squad with a thigh injury.

Steven Naismith was another man who ended a long international hiatus.

A knee injury ruined his 2011/12 campaign but he got 90 minutes for Scotland in their 3-1 win against Australia at Hampden Park – his first cap since a loss to Spain in October 2011.

John Heitinga had been set to face Marouane Fellaini with Holland visiting Brussels to face the Belgians.

Fellaini, however, has a minor groin strain and stayed at home.

Heitinga and the Dutch endured a torrid night though with the Everton man playing the opening 45 minutes of a 4-2 defeat.

Nikica Jelavic's Croatia also lost 4-2 with the striker not getting on the pitch as Switzerland prevailed in Split.

Jan Mucha's Slovakia won 3-1 in Denmark while fellow keeper Tim Howard will be in action for the USA against Mexico in the early hours of the morning.

Apostolos Vellios was on the scoresheet for Greece Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Poland.

Young keeper Mateusz Taudul has already played for Poland in a 4-3 Under-19 win over Latvia.

Johan Hammar is away with Sweden Under-19s for a double header against Finland.

The angular centre half picked up the man of the match award in Tuesday's opening  2-0 win for the Swedes.

Also on Tuesday night, Everton’s Shane Duffy started in Sligo but saw the Republic of Ireland Under-21s' European Championship qualification hopes suffer a potentially fatal blow following a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Turkey.

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