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10 June 2013

It was a successful weekend for City's Internationals

IT proved to be a successful weekend for City’s internationals with the standout performance coming from Robert Snodgrass and Scotland as they beat Croatia 1-0 in Zagreb.

Gordon Strachan’s side were bottom of World Cup qualification Group A going into the match, but a spirited performance and neat Snodgrass finish consigned the Croatians to a first defeat on home soil since England’s victory there in 2008.

The game also saw City pair Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin play a full 90 minutes for the Scots, with Martin getting his first competitive start at the heart of the Scots' defence.

Midfielder Wes Hoolahan also enjoyed his first competitive start for Ireland as a Robbie Keane hat-trick helped guide them to a comfortable 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Starting in the heart of the Irish midfield, Hoolahan started two of the moves that saw Giovanni Trapattoni’s side get all three points in their quest to finish second in World Cup qualification Group C, in a game that also saw Keane become the highest capped player for his country.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Hoolahan said: “You wait and hope your chance comes, I got my head down with Norwich and I was lucky enough that it came.

“Robbie's been unbelievable for Ireland, he's done it for so many years and it's great he got the record tonight.”

Elsewhere, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel grabbed his second senior cap for Holland on Friday night, replacing Manchester United forward Robin van Persie for the second half of their friendly clash with Indonesia in Jakarta.

Louis van Gaal’s side ran out 3-0 winners on the night, a double from Ajax playmaker Siem de Jong was followed a 90th minute strike from Arjen Robben to see the Dutch run out comfortable winners.

The Dutch and van Wolfswinkel now face a final friendly with China in Beijing on Tuesday night before the end of their tour of the far east.

Also on International duty over the weekend was young City ‘keeper Declan Rudd as he was amongst the substitutes for England’s Under-21s at the European Championships in Israel. 

It has been a disappointing tournament for the young lions however, losing 1-0 to Italy in their opening match before Norway ran out 3-1 winners to signal England’s exit from the competition with a final match against hosts Israel still to come. Rudd was amongst the substitutes for both.

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