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International round-up

Posted on 13 October 2008  - 12:00

Seven of our players put in full 90-minute shifts for their countries in World Cup qualifying at the weekend.

International round-up

Seven of our players put in full 90-minute shifts for their countries in World Cup qualifying at the weekend.

It was good news for Didier Zokora as Ivory Coast beat Madagascar 3-0 to win their group in round two of African qualifying. They now go through to round three where 20 teams - including the likes of Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and Mali - will be divided into five groups of four and play each other home and away.

The news wasn't so good for our lads in North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying as both Giovani and Paul Stalteri suffered defeats for Mexico and Canada respectively.

Gio's Mexico lost 1-0 in Jamaica while Paul captained the Canada side as they lost 3-1 in Honduras. Mexico remain joint top of their group and still look in a comfortable position to qualify but Canada are now bottom.

The top two from each of the three groups will advance to the final stage, from where three sides will qualify directly for South Africa 2010 and the fourth-placed team will take on the fifth-placed finisher in South American qualifying for a place at the finals.

Back in European qualifying, Chris Gunter and Gareth Bale helped Wales to a 2-0 win against Liechtenstein at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric also played in Croatia's 0-0 draw in Ukraine in the same group as England - Jermaine Jenas wasn't involved as the Three Lions finally put five past Kazakhstan to head the group with three wins out of three.

Gunter v Liechtenstein


Jamie O'Hara, Tom Huddlestone and Fraizer Campbell will look to finish off the job as England Under-21s meet Wales in the second leg of their play-off to reach the finals of the European U21s Championships, staged in Sweden next May. England won the first leg 3-2 in Cardiff on Friday night. The second leg is at Villa Park kicking-off at 7.45pm.


It's a big one for Chris Gunter and Gareth Bale as Wales travel to Germany as the early frontrunners in Group Four meet each other in Moenchengladbach.

Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric will be looking for a win as Croatia take on Andorra in Group Six with Jermaine Jenas hopefully involved as England travel to Belarus.

Giovani and Paul Stalteri will face each other as Mexico travel to Edmonton to take on Canada

Gio v Jamaica