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Saints International Roundup: November 19

Six Saints players was in action for their countries last night, let's see how'd they get on.

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Forster, Clyne helped England beat Scotland

Fraser Forster returned to the place where he made his name, Celtic Park, and helped England to a 3-1 win victory over Scotland. Fellow Saints, Nathaniel Clyne played his second consecutive game for England in the win.

England took the lead through ex-Saints Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain in the 32nd minute, before skipper Wayne Rooney added a second shortly after the restart.

Forster had a quiet night and was called into action in the 55th minute when he tipped Russel Martin's header. Andrew Robertson halved the deficit in the 83rd minute, but England's two-goal lead was restored when Rooney bagged his second of the night two minutes later. Following a good work from Clyne and Rickie Lambert, before Rooney finished Adam Lallana's cut back.

Ireland routed USA 4-1, Long a late substitute

Shane Long entered the fray in the last 15 minutes of Republic of Ireland's 4-1 win over USA. The striker came on in the 77th minute with the score at 2-1, before James McClean and Robbie Brady added goals number three and four in the closing stages of the game.

Fonte makes Portugal debut

José Fonte made his Portugal debut, coming off the bench to replace Pepe after the halftime in Portugal's 1-0 win over Argentina at Old Trafford. The battle between the world's two best players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, was an underwhelming affair. Fonte kept his side's defense organized and solid before Raphael Guerrero scored a late winner.

Gardos, Romania win

Florin Gardos played the whole 90 minutes as Romania defeated Denmark 2-0, a side that had just beaten Dušan Tadić's Serbia side a few days earlier. Claudiu Keseru scored a brace to helped Romania finished the year on a high note.

Japan wins again

Japan earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Australia as they picked up back-to-back wins to close out the year. Defender Maya Yoshida played a full 90 minutes for the host, with the goals coming from Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki.


Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia v Cape Verde, 4pm GMT)

Sadio Mané (Senegal v Botswana, 8pm GMT)