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11 October 2015

Five Norwich players in action

CITY pair Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan will feature in the European Championship play-offs for the Republic of Ireland following their 2-1 defeat by Poland on Sunday.

Ireland needed to beat their hosts, or earn a draw of 2-2 or higher, to snatch the second automatic qualification place behind Group D winners Germany.

Martin O'Neill picked Brady in his starting eleven but left Hoolahan, who was man of the match in their 1-0 win over Germany on Thursday, on the substitutes' bench.

All three goals came in the first half in Warsaw, with Grzergorz Krychowiak and Robert Lewandowski scoring either side of a Jonathan Walters penalty.

Brady played the full match while Hoolahan was introduced in the 73rd minute in place of James McClean. Ireland will find out their play-off opponents on Sunday October 18, with the two-legged tie set to be played in November.

Graham Dorrans came through 90 minutes for Scotland as they wrapped up their qualification campaign with a 6-0 victory over minnows Gibraltar in Faro.

The midfielder was a late call-up to Gordon Strachan's squad as a replacement for the injured Kevin McDonald, but played the full game after a substitute appearance in the 2-2 draw with Poland on Thursday.

Canaries teammates Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker were unused substitutes for Scotland, who miss out on next summer's tournament after finishing in fourth place in Group D.

Northern Ireland ended their campaign as Group F winners after a 1-1 draw with Finland that saw the return of Kyle Lafferty from a one-match suspension.

The forward completed 79 minutes for his team, who went ahead through Craig Cathcart only to see Paulus Arajuuri draw the hosts level three minutes from the end.

Michael O'Neill's side will play at their first major finals since 1986 after securing qualification with a 3-1 triumph over Greece in Belfast on Thursday.

Finally, City defender Sebastien Bassong was involved for Cameroon in Brussels, starting in their 3-0 friendly defeat by Nigeria.

For a full list of international fixtures involving Norwich City players this week, click HERE.

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