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Posted on 10 February 2011  - 12:00

Steven Pienaar scored what was only his third international goal in 57 caps as South Africa defeated Kenya 2-0 in a friendly at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

International Round-Up

Steven Pienaar scored what was only his third international goal in 57 caps as South Africa defeated Kenya 2-0 in a friendly at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

The midfielder, recently signed from Everton, revelled in his role as captain on the night and added to Davide Somma’s early opener with an excellent low shot following a short corner. Bongani Khumalo was also involved in the victory.

Michael Dawson earned his third senior cap for England with a start in the Three Lions’ 2-1 victory over Denmark in Copenhagen.

The defender played the first half alongside John Terry before being replaced by Gary Cahill at the break. Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker were unused subs.

Staying with England, it was a proud night for young midfielder Dean Parrett (pictured above), who captained the Under-20 side in their 2-1 defeat against France at Shrewsbury. Adam Smith and Ryan Mason both came off the bench in that game.

On Tuesday night, Kyle Naughton played 90 minutes on his return to the Under-21 fold, but it ended in a 1-0 defeat to Italy in Empoli.

Back to the senior action on Wednesday, and there was also victories for Alan Hutton, as Scotland kicked off their Carling Nations Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland.

Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka were involved in Croatia’s 4-2 victory over Czech Republic, Giovani Dos Santos looked lively in Mexico’s 2-0 win over Bosnia in Atlanta, USA, and Sebastien Bassong was involved in Cameroon's 1-0 defeat of Macedonia in Skopje.

However, there were disappointments, especially for Roman Pavlyuchenko, who came off the bench for Russia in a shock 1-0 defeat to Iran in Abu Dhabi.

And Sandro played the last 20 minutes for Brazil in another 1-0 defeat against France in Paris, where Heurelho Gomes was an unused sub. Meanwhile, Wilson Palacios and Honduras drew 1-1 with Ecuador.

Of our younger players, goalkeeper Oscar Jansson could not prevent Sweden’s Under-21s slipping to a 3-1 defeat against their Portuguese counterparts.

And Paul-Jose M’Poku captained Belgium’s Under-19s to a 1-0 victory over Belarus on Tuesday night, with another game between the two sides scheduled for Thursday night.

LOAN WATCH

In Paul-Jose’s absence, Leyton Orient, where the young winger is currently on loan, defeated Swindon 3-0 in League One on Tuesday night.

There was still Spurs involvement on both sides though as Harry Kane came off the bench for the O’s and Jon Obika made his Swindon debut at Brisbane Road.