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Posted on 15 October 2007  - 12:00

Tomas Pekhart made it four goals in three internationals as the Czech Republic U21s breezed past Liechtenstein on Sunday.

Tomas Pekhart made it four goals in three internationals as the Czech Republic U21s breezed past Liechtenstein on Sunday.

The Academy striker - still just 18 - scored the last goal as the Czechs won 4-0 in Eschen. The win moved the Czechs up to second in Group Two with two wins and a draw in their three games so far.

U21s IN ACTION ON TUESDAY

Tom Huddlestone, Ben Alnwick and Younes Kaboul kick things off this week with Under-21 qualifying matches. Tom and Ben make the short trip to Cork to face the Republic of Ireland in Group Three as England protect a 100 per cent start to the group. Younes will hope to return from injury for France U21s and a trip to Romania.

WEDNESDAY ACTION

Paul Robinson and Jermain Defoe travel to Russia with England and an encounter with Sparktak Moscow's artificial surface; Gareth Bale's Wales travel to San Marino; Robbie Keane's Republic of Ireland face Cyprus at home and Dimitar Berbatov's Bulgaria are in Albania.

Elsewhere, Didier Zokora is with the Ivory Coast for a friendly against Austria and Tomas Pekhart faces Armenia at home with Czech Under-21s.

SATURDAY ACTION

Our players suffered mixed fortunes in the latest round of European Championship qualifying matches on Saturday.

Paul Robinson kept his ninth clean sheet in 10 qualifying matches as England cruised to a 3-0 victory over Estonia with all three goals in the first half.

Earning his 40th cap, Robbo was hardly tested at Wembley. He has now kept 12 clean sheets in his last 16 internationals. Jermain Defoe was an unused substitute.

Victory over Russia on Wednesday will now book England's place in next summer's finals.

Robbie Keane had a couple of chances for the Republic of Ireland in a 0-0 draw against Germany - the point means Germany have qualified and Ireland still have an outside chance of progressing.

Gareth Bale set-up the opening goal for Wales against Cyprus when his free-kick was guided home by James Collins but it went downhill from there in Nicosia with the home side running out 3-1 winners.

Meanwhile, it was a weekend to forget for Teemu Tainio and Dimitar Berbatov - without even playing!

Teemu missed out on Finland's Group A game in Belgium and the 0-0 draw, although a good result on paper, might not be enough with leaders Poland and second-placed Portugal both winning.

It was also worse-case scenario for Dimitar in Group G, with Romania toppling Holland in the battle of the top two. Bulgaria would have hoped for a Romania win because they play them next month, now even a win in that game might not knock the Romanians out of the top two. Instead, Bulgaria will have to beat Albania on Wednesday and then Romania and Slovenia next month and hope Holland slip up against Slovenia, Luxembourg or Belarus.

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