Mixed Fortunes For Bolton's International Contingent

  • March 23, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Five Bolton players have been on international duty this week, with all involved seeing contrasting results.

On Thursday night, Craig Dawson and Marvin Sordell both featured for England U21 as they beat their Romanian counterparts 3-0 in a friendly at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park.

Wilfried Zaha, Jack Robinson and Nathan Delfouneso were all on target for Stuart Pearce's side, as they continued their preparations for the European U21 Championships this summer by extending their unbeaten run to eight games - a run which has seen them keep clean sheets in every game, dating back to November 2011.

Of the three Wanderers players due to play on Friday night, only one would receive a taste of the action. Sam Ricketts played the full 90 minutes as Wales came from behind to beat ten-man Scotland 2-1 at Hampden Park.

The Scots took the lead in first half stoppage time, as Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley capitalised on some poor defending from Ricketts to head home from a corner and give Gordon Strachan's side a half-time advantage.

Scotland looked comfortable until the 71st minute dismissal of Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass, who was shown a second yellow card for a challenge which saw him concede a penalty. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey stepped up to slam the resulting spot-kick down the centre of the goal and begin an unlikely turnaround.

Two minutes later, Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu was picked out inside the Scotland six-yard box and he headed the ball beyond Allan McGregor from close range. Ramsey received a second yellow card in the fourth minute of added time, but Wales held on to claim a famous victory in their World Cup qualifying Group A fixture.

Elsewhere, Adam Bogdan was an unused substitute as Hungary and Romania played out a 2-2 draw in their Group D qualifying fixture in Budapest.

Bogdan is widely recognised as the first-choice stopper in Hungary, but his call-up was met by surprise due to a recent groin injury that has kept him out of the Bolton team. Former Crystal Palace and Aston Villa stopper Gabor Kiraly took his place and captained the side on a night that would end in disappointment for the Hungarian side.

Vilmos Vanczak had given the hosts a 16th minute lead, but Romania equalised at the midway point of the second half - as former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu beat Kiraly from the penalty spot.

Balasz Dzsudzsak restored Hungary's lead with a penalty of their own just three minutes later, but Romania would earn a point from the tie when Alexandru Chipciu levelled the scores in stoppage time.

Lee Chung-Yong was set to feature for South Korea, but their friendly against Syria was postponed due to the current conflict in the country. He is expected to return to action against Qatar on Tuesday night.

Upcoming International Fixtures:

25/03/2013 - England U21 v Austria U21
Under-21 International Friendly, AMEX Stadium (Brighton)
Player(s): Craig Dawson, Marvin Sordell

26/03/2013 - Wales v Croatia
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - European Group A, Liberty Stadium (Swansea)
Player(s): Sam Ricketts

26/03/2013 - Turkey v Hungary
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - European Group D, Sukru Saracoglu (Istanbul)
Player(s): Adam Bogdan

26/03/2013 - South Korea v Qatar
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Asian Group A, Seoul World Cup Stadium (Seoul)
Player(s): Lee Chung-Yong

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