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Albion international round-up

8 September 2014

Several Baggies players in action

ALBION’s international contingent enjoyed a mixed weekend of action for their respective nations.

James Morrison played the full 90 minutes as Scotland threatened to upset World Cup winners Germany in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dortmund.

The Baggies midfielder helped the Scots draw level before falling to a narrow 2-1 defeat against the world champions on their home soil.

Albion trio Chris Brunt, Chris Baird and Gareth McAuley all started Northern Ireland’s superb late 2-1 victory against Hungary in Budapest, securing a first away victory in four years.

However, McAuley was forced off in the 72nd minute having picked up a knock.

Youssouf Mulumbu captained DR Congo in their African Nations Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Lubumbashi but lasted just 21 minutes before coming off with a suspected hamstring problem of his own. His side went down to a 2-0 defeat.

Georgios Samaras got his first competitive football of the season under his belt, playing the first 45 minutes of Greece’s 1-0 home defeat to a Romania side which included former Baggies man Gabriel Tamas. 

On Friday night, Saido Berahino played his part in England Under-21s’ 1-0 win in Lithuania. 

The forward starred in the full 90 minutes and forced several saves from Tomas Svedkauskas as unbeaten England surged nine points clear at the top of their European Championship qualifying group with one game, in Moldova on Tuesday, still to play.

Last Thursday, Jason Davidson was the first of Albion's internationals to see action when he lined up for Australia in their friendly against Belgium in Liege. 

The left-back played the full 90 minutes for the Socceroos as they went down to a 2-0 defeat to the World Cup quarter-finalists. 

Jonas Olsson was an unused substitute for Sweden as they beat Estonia 2-0 in Solna, Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting both goals to set a new goalscoring record for his country with 50 goals from 99 caps.

Davidson and Olsson are both back in action tonight against Saudi Arabia and Austria respectively.

Albion’s official channels will look to bring you the latest on the injuries sustained by McAuley and Mulumbu later today.

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