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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

PUBLISHED

10:12 7th February 2013

by Steve Garland

Wes grabs his first for Ireland

CITY’s internationals enjoyed a successful set of fixtures for their countries this midweek, most notably Wes Hoolahan who scored his first international goal for the Republic of Ireland.

The City midfielder came on as a substitute on 62 minutes, sealing a 2-0 win over Poland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with a neatly finished goal for the Republic, firing past Poland and Arsenal ‘keeper Wojciech Szczęsny.

Elsewhere, forward Robert Snodgrass came on as a second half substitute for Scotland in their 1-0 win over Estonia at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium.

Snodgrass came on for Birmingham City’s Chris Burke for the second half as Gordon Strachan recorded a win in his first match in charge of the national side. Full-back Russell Martin was an unused substitute.

Also in action this week City ‘keeper Declan Rudd played the second 45 minutes during the Young Lions convincing 4-0 win over Sweden at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium.

City were also well represented at England’s under-19 level as Josh Murphy and Jacob Murphy came on as substitutes in a 3-1 win over Denmark at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium; Josh Murphy providing the assist for Dominic Samuel’s third.

As reported earlier this week, despite receiving call-ups for their countries Anthony Pilkington, Alex Tettey and Ryan Bennett were all forced to withdraw from their relevant squads.

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