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27 May 2016

Three City players in action

KYLE Lafferty was on target for Northern Ireland as they beat Belarus 3-0 in their friendly at Windsor Park on Friday.

Lafferty and his teammates will be the first Northern Irish players to represent their country at a major tournament for 30 years when they compete at this summer's European Championship.

The City striker opened the scoring in this warm-up match after just seven minutes, with Conor Washington adding the second before half-time and Will Grigg netting the third two minutes from the end.

South of the border, Robbie Brady started for the Republic of Ireland as they began preparations for the tournament with a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in Dublin.

Martin O'Neill saw his side pegged back in the 85th minute when Luuk De Jong scored to level the game following Shane Long's first half opener. Wes Hoolahan played the last quarter of an hour at the Aviva Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Nathan Redmond was an unused substitute for England's Under-21s in their final Toulon Tournament group game against Japan Under-23s.

A 1-0 victory for Gareth Southgate's youngsters secured safe passage through to Sunday's final, when they will go head-to-head with France (5.45pm).

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