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16 November 2013

Canaries feature for national sides in first round of matches

SEVERAL Canaries got game time in the first round of matches of the November international break.

Swedish duo Johan Elmander and Martin Olsson both featured in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off against Portugal in Lisbon. 

Elmander played 88 minutes and Olsson the full game which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score a diving header in the 82nd minute to give the hosts a narrow lead to take into the second leg in Stockholm on Tuesday - with a place at Brazil 2014 on the line.

Sweden are looking to make a return to the World Cup for the first time since Germany 2006 after missing out on 2010’s finals in South Africa. To complete the final leg on the road to Rio, however, the Swedes will have to get past a Portugal side that have qualified for every major since missing out on the 1998 World Cup in France.

Robert Snodgrass and Steven Whittaker played 69 minutes in Scotland's 0-0 draw with the USA at Hampden Park. City Club Captain Russell Martin was an unused substitute. The Scots will now travel to Norway for an away fixture in Molde on Tuesday. 

Wes Hoolahan started for the Republic of Ireland under the new management partnership of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. He featured for 73 minutes in a 3-0 win over Latvia in Dublin. Next up for the Irish is a trip to Poland for an away fixture in Poznan on Tuesday. City winger Anthony Pilkington missed out due to the injury he sustained in Saturday's 3-1 Canary win over West Ham.

City’s John Ruddy was an unused substitute for England's 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley. Former Canary Fraser Forster earning his first cap for his country in goal. Roy Hodgson's side will now face Germany in their next friendly at Wembley on Tuesday evening.

Young City wingers Josh and Jacob Murphy both featured in England U19s' 4-1 win over Hungary on Thursday - Josh scoring the opening goal and with two assists, and brother Jacob coming on to replace him in the second half in Budapest.

Leroy Fer has been called in to the Netherlands team for a pair of friendlies. Fer was an unused substitute in a 2-2 draw with Japan in Genk on Saturday, and will be in the squad for when they host Colombia in Amsterdam on Tuesday. 

City U21 captain Cameron McGeehan will join up with the Northern Ireland U21s. 

Canaries U18s defender Ben Wyatt has been called in to the England U18 team for a two-day training camp at St. George’s Park. 

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