IT WAS a night of mixed fortunes for a number of Stoke City stars on Wednesday . . . as they featured for their countries in both World Cup Qualifiers, and international friendlies.
In total, eight different players represented the Potters, as qualification and preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil took centre stage.
American duo Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu, currently on loan at Turkish side Bursaspor, featured for the United States in their opening CONCACAF Play-Off encounter against Honduras, however, the game ended in disappointment for them.
Despite an early Clint Dempsey strike giving the visitors the lead, the Hondurans produced something of a shock as they came from behind to record a 2-1 victory – elevating themselves to the top of the group in
Both countries are locked in a tense battle to secure a spot at the showpiece Finals next year, alongside four other nations; Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica.
The top three from the group will automatically secure a spot in Brazil, whilst the country that finishes fourth will face a play-off decider against the winner of the Oceania Football Confederation campaign.
Meanwhile, Glenn Whelan picked up his 46th cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 2-0 friendly win against Poland, in Dublin. The midfielder played the first-half of the game before being replaced at the interval
by Paul Green.
Jonathan Walters came on to earn his 15th cap as a second half substitute for Liam Brady, and he immediately contributed to the cause by helping assist Norwich’s Wes Hoolahan, who added to Ciaran Clark’s
North of the border, Charlie Adam started for Scotland in Gordon Strachan’s first game in charge, and the midfielder put in an impressive performance for the Tartan Army, setting up Charlie Mulgrew’s decisive
Meanwhile, Asmir Begovic kept another clean-sheet for his native Bosnia, as they maintained their impressive run of form with a convincing 3-0 friendly victory in Ljubljana, Slovenia, whilst Kenwyne Jones
appeared for Trinidad and Tobago for the first time in over a year, but they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Peru.
Finally, deadline day signing Jack Butland was an unused substitute for England in their impressive 2-1 victory against Brazil at Wembley Stadium.
Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, either side of Fred’s leveller, secured the Three Lions a famous win in front of almost 90,000 spectators to help kick-off the FA’s 150th year anniversary