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11 September 2012

City's players went global this week

City’s Internationals had mixed fortunes this week as them and their countries started off their World Cup qualifying campaigns.

City goalkeeper John Ruddy was an unused substitute as England ran out impressive 5-0 winners over Moldova in Chisinau on Saturday. Two goals from Frank Lampard and strikes from Jermaine Defoe, James Milner and Leighton Baines sealed the win to get the three lions qualifying campaign off to the best of starts. 

Ruddy remained an unused sub as England followed up their opening display with a 1-1 draw with Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night, another Lampard penalty salvaging a point late on.

City striker Steve Morison played 70 minutes for Wales as Chris Coleman’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Belgium in their opening qualifier. A red-card for West Ham’s James Collins turned the game as goals from Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen earned the visitors the win.

Wales and Morison travelled to the Karadjordje Stadium in Novi Sad to take on Serbia looking to overturn their opening defeat on Tuesday night, but a heavy 6-1 defeat followed for Chris Coleman's side. A solitary strike from Gareth Bale the only positive to take for the Welsh who now lie bottom of Group A.

In the same qualifying group, Robert Snodgrass played 69 minutes of Scotland’s 0-0 draw against the White Eagles at Hampden Park on Saturday but he was an unused sub as the Scots drew 1-1 with Macedonia on Tuesday night.

One team that looked to be edging closer to qualification for the World Cup was Canada and City striker Simeon Jackson as they secured a 1-0 win over Panama in Toronto on Friday.

A goal from Dwayne De Rosario sealed the win for the Canucks, maintaining their place in the top two of their group ahead of a return leg against Panama on Tuesday night. Looking to close in on a first World Cup appearance in 26 years, Canada suffered a 2-0 defeat in Panama, denting their ambitions of progressing into the final qualifying round.

Elsewhere new signing Alex Tettey was an unused substitute for both of Norway's qualifiers as the Drillos started with a 2-0 defeat to Iceland in Reykjavik. They bounced back on Tuesday night however as a last minute John Arne Riise penalty sealed a 2-1 win over Slovenia in Oslo.

Young England prospects Ryan Bennett and Declan Rudd were also unused subs as they watched the England under-21s secure a good 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Baku on Friday. Bennett went on to play a full 90 minutes for the Young Lions in their 1-0 win over Norway at Chesterfield's Proact stadium on Monday night, with on-loan striker Harry Kane making the bench. 

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