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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP: JUNE

15 June 2015

Six Canaries away with their countries

THE latest set of international fixtures saw two Norwich City players go head-to-head as the Republic of Ireland hosted Scotland in Dublin on Saturday.

Wes Hoolahan and Russell Martin started for each side respectively; with the hosts taking a 38th minute lead when Jon Walters converted from close-range.

Gordan Strachan’s men responded soon after play restarted in the second half however, levelling through a deflected Shaun Maloney effort.

Hoolahan played 73 minutes before being withdrawn in favour of Robbie Keane, while Martin completed the whole match – with Steven Whittaker an unused substitute.

The result ensured Scotland maintained a two point lead over their Group D rivals in the race for UEFA Euro 2016 qualification.

In Group F, Kyle Lafferty’s Northern Ireland continued to build on an impressive run of form by drawing 0-0 with leaders Romania on Sunday.

The forward played the full 90 minutes in Belfast, with Michael O’Neill’s second-placed team having four matches left to seal their place at the Finals in France next summer.

Earlier in the week, Alex Tettey played the opening half of Norway’s 0-0 friendly draw with Sweden ahead of being withdrawn for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.

Finally, England Under-21s’ rounded off their preparations for the UEFA European Championships with a 1-0 victory over ten-man Belarus at Barnsley’s Oakwell on Friday evening.

City winger Nathan Redmond was involved for the first hour prior to being replaced by Liverpool-bound Danny Ings, with the Three Lions securing victory late on through Ben Gibson following Mikalai Zolatau's dismissal.

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