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12:11 18th November 2013

A number of Stoke City stars were in action for their countries...

CITY'S TRIO of Irish internationals helped the new managerial team of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane to a winning start with a 3-0 win on Friday night.

Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters were all involved in the Republic of Ireland's resounding victory over Latvia at the Aviva Stadium, as the duo took charge of their first game since their appointment.

Wilson played the full match at left back and Whelan 81 minutes in centre midfield, as goals from Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Shane Long ensured it was a successful start to life at the helm.

Walters replaced skipper Keane with 17 minutes to go and played a part in the third goal of the evening.

The Irish now face Poland in Poznan tomorrow evening in their second friendly of the international break.

Elsewhere, and Scotland locked horns with the United States at Hampden Park but it finished goalless between the two sides.

Geoff Cameron played at centre half throughout for the States, whilst Brek Shea appeared off the bench just after the hour mark. Charlie Adam was an unused substitute for the hosts.

Scotland now travel to face Norway in Molde whilst the Americans face Austria and their City team-mate Marko Arnautovic in Vienna.

Over the Atlantic and there were a further two Stoke stars in action.

Kenwyne Jones captained Trinidad & Tobago in their 1-0 win against Jamaica in Montego Bay. They now line-up for a return game in Port of Spain tomorrow.

Wilson Palacios, meanwhile, endured a tough evening as his Honduras side were beaten 5-0 by Brazil in Miami.

City's midfielder, who received a booking for a foul on Neymar in the game, played 75 minutes of the encounter.

They now move on to face Ecuador in Houston.

Asmir Begovic is also over in the States and is preparing to line up for Bosnia against Argentina.

The two teams meet in St Louis knowing that Lionel Messi will not be taking part through injury.

There is expected to be a big turn out of Bosnians for the game as St Louis is home to one of the largest communities outside Sarajevo.

Finally, at Under-21 level, Jack Butland captained England to a 3-0 win over Finland in Milton Keynes.

The Three Lions now host San Marino at Shrewsbury Town in another Group One qualifier for the upcoming European Championships.

Marc Muniesa's Spanish side also recorded a victory, although the ex-Barcelona defender was an unused substitute in their 6-1 victory away to Bosnia. They face Albania away next.

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