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Posted on 1 April 2009  - 12:00

Luka Modric aims for a repeat with Croatia tonight (April 1), Robbie Keane faces the big one in Italy, Alan Hutton is set to start for Scotland and Adel Taarabt has scored his first goal for Morocco.

International round-up

Luka Modric aims for a repeat with Croatia in World Cup qualifying tonight (Wednesday, April 1).

In-form Luka - our matchwinner last time out against Chelsea - faces what looks like a routine World Cup qualifier (WCQ) against struggling Andorra as Croatia try to stay in touch with table-topping England in Group Six.

Luka scored last time out as Croatia beat Andorra 4-0. "We are big favourites in this game and I expect to beat Andorra," he said before flying off for duty.

"We have to play at the World Cup and we all want that. It won't be easy, England are playing well and they've won every game so far. We have a lot of games yet and we can be second in the group, but we need to win games."

It looks like a straight choice between Aaron Lennon and David Beckham for Fabio Capello as England face Ukraine at Wembley in a WCQ.

Alan Hutton is back in the running for Scotland's important home game against Iceland in WCQ Group Nine and looks set to start with right-back Graham Alexander injured.

Robbie Keane will lead out the Republic of Ireland in a top of the table clash in WCQ Group Eight. Italy forged two points ahead of the Republic after Bulgaria's last-minute equaliser at Croke Park on Saturday.

Elsewhere tonight, Chris Gunter and Gareth Bale face Germany with Wales and Roman Pavlyuchenko travels to Liechtenstein with Russia in WCQ Group Four while Wilson Palacios takes on Mexico with Honduras in CONCACAF WCQ.

TUESDAY NIGHT'S ACTION

Dorian Dervite took the bragging rights over his Spurs team-mates Tom Huddlestone, Fraizer Campbell and Jamie O'Hara as France Under-21s beat England 2-0 at Nottingham Forest.

The central defender played the full 90 minutes at the City Ground as first half goals from Gabriel Obertan and Moussa Sissoko secured the friendly win. Tom played a full shift for England, Fraizer came on for the last half-hour, Jamie the last five minutes.

Adel Taarabt scored his first goal for Morocco and set up the second in a 2-0 friendly win against Angola in Portugal.

Oscar Jansson played in Sweden Under-21s' 3-1 win against Belgium while fellow goalkeeper David Button played the first half of England Under-20s 2-0 win against Italy at QPR.