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Internationals: Albion round-up

30 March 2015

Baggies players in international action

THE current international break is almost at an end, with Euro 2016 qualifiers and friendlies dominating the fixture list before Barclays Premier League matters resume again this weekend.

A total of seven Albion players have been in action with their respective nations and it has proved a largely successful round of fixtures.

Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Chris Baird each played 90 minutes as Northern Ireland remained on track for European Championships qualification with a crucial 2-1 Group F victory over Finland at Windsor Park yesterday. Baird came close to opening the scoring as he saw his headed goal from Brunt's cross disallowed for offside. Meanwhile, Baird also played an hour last Wednesday as Northern Ireland went down to a 1-0 friendly defeat against Scotland in Glasgow.

James Morrison completed 90 minutes for Scotland as they maintained their hopes of making it to Euro 2016 in France with a convincing 6-1 Group D victory over minnows Gibraltar at Hampden Park. Morrison also came on as a 63rd-minute substitute in last week's 1-0 friendly victory over Northern Ireland, a game which Baggies captain Darren Fletcher completed before being rested on the bench yesterday.

Jason Davidson was an unused substitute in Australia's goalless draw against Macedonia in Skopje on Monday night. It came after the left-back played 90 minutes as the Socceroos held world champions Germany to an impressive 2-2 draw in Kaiserslautern in prior friendly last Wednesday. 

Youssouf Mulumbu started DR Congo's 2-1 friendly defeat against Iraq in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. Albion's international interest in this round of fixtures comes to an end when DR Congo again face Iraq in a rematch of the friendly fixture on Tuesday (6pm ko).

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