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International round-up

There were mixed results as Euro 2012 qualification kicked off for a number of our players on Friday night.

There were mixed results as Euro 2012 qualification kicked off for a number of our players on Friday night.

Gareth Bale and Wales did not get off to the best of starts with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Montenegro, coached by Niko's dad Zlatko Kranjcar, in England's Group G.

Niko himself, along with Vedran Corluka, played 90 minutes as Croatia comfortably won 3-0 away in Latvia in Group F. On loan goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa was an unused substitute in that game.

Robbie Keane was also victorious as he captained the Republic of Ireland to a hard-fought 1-0 win in Armenia in Group B, which also features Russia, who beat minnows Andorra 2-0 away from home with Roman Pavlyuchenko a late substitute.

Rafael Van der Vaart also came off the bench as Holland put San Marino to the sword with a comfortable 5-0 win over the Group E minnows.

But there were no goals on Alan Hutton's return to action after injury as Scotland were held to a 0-0 draw in Lithuania in Group I.

Meanwhile, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker both played 90 minutes as England U21 gained a vital three points in their Euro qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win in Portugal.