Mixed Fortunes For International Blues

Everton’s international stars enjoyed differing fortunes on duty with their respective countries on Friday.

The most significant results were found in European Championships qualifying Group D where the Republic of Ireland capitalised on Scotland’s defeat to Georgia to leapfrog them into third place.

Steven Naismith played 59 minutes as the Scots’ bid to reach the Championships in France took a blow as they were beaten 1-0 in Tbilisi.

Meanwhile, in Faro, Ireland sealed a 4-0 victory over Gibraltar thanks to Cyrus Christie, a Robbie Keane brace and Shane Long's late strike. James McCarthy started the contest and played 69 minutes, with Aiden McGeady coming on with quarter of an hour left to play. Seamus Coleman remained an unused substitute.

Elsewhere, Jonjoe Kenny saw red and Callum Connolly made a second half cameo as England Under-19s recorded a thrilling 3-2 friendly win over Germany.

Club-mate Harry Charsley was on target for Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s in their 4-1 win over Qatar, while Gethin Jones featured for Wales Under-21s as they beat Luxembourg 3-1, and Jindrich Stanek was an unused substitute in Czech Republic Under-21’s 4-1 defeat of Malta.

Saturday’s action sees England take on San Marino, with John Stones set to start according to Roy Hodgson, and the Three Lions’ Under-18s – featuring Blues duo James Yates and Nathan Holland – take on Holland.

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