Albion men on duty around the world
THE international fixtures are continuing throughout the current break and below we will keep you up-to-date with just how Albion’s players are faring all around the world.
Ben Foster and Saido Berahino were both on the bench as England beat neighbours Scotland 3-1 in a friendly at Celtic Park (Tuesday 18th), with the pair also unused substitutes when the Three Lions saw off Slovenia by the same scoreline at Wembley to remain top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group (Saturday 15th).
James Morrison returned from illness to step into the fray at half-time in Scotland's 3-1 friendly defeat at home to England, with Graham Dorrans remaining on the bench (Tuesday 18th). Dorrans was also previously among the subs as Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 at Celtic Park (Friday 14th). Those two nations and Germany are all on seven points after four games, three points behind group leaders Poland.
Jason Davidson was an unused substitute in Australia's 2-1 friendly defeat against Japan in Osaka. Tim Cahill reduced the arrears for the Socceroos in injury time but it was not enough (Tuesday 18th).
Youssouf Mulumbu captained his country as they were defeated 1-0 in Cameroon in their penultimate African Nations Cup qualifier (Saturday 15th). However, after a 3-1 win over Sierra Leone (Wednesday 19th), DR Congo and Youssouf qualified for the final tournament as the best third-placed team.
Cristian Gamboa enjoyed an epic evening in Montevideo as Costa Rica took on Uruguay. Cristian played the full 90 minutes in which a last gasp equaliser from Johan Venegas earned Costa Rica a 3-3 draw. Unusually, the friendly then went to penalties and with the sides locked at 6-6, it was Gamboa who stepped up to slot in the decisive penalty and win the game for his side. (Thursday 13th).
Gareth McAuley skippered his country and he, Chris Brunt and Chris Baird played the full 90 minutes as Northern Ireland lost 2-0 to Romania in Bucharest. They remain second in the group after four games, a point behind Romania. (Friday 14th).
Stephane Sessegnon’s Benin slumped to a third successive defeat as they were well beaten, 6-1 in Morocco. (Thursday 13th).