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International round-up: How did Southampton's players get on for their countries?

All of Southampton's international players' exploits in one place

Japan v Thailand - 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Here's a brief round-up of Southampton's internationals and their exploits while on duty for their national teams.


Japan v Thailand - 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Japan: Maya Yoshida

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida both captained and scored for Japan as they smashed Thailand 4-0 in their latest World Cup qualifier.

Yoshida rounded off the scoring on 83 minutes with a surging header to send Japan to the top of their World Cup qualifying group—ahead of Saudia Arabia on goal difference.

The centre-half's goal came after Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring early, before additional goals from Leicester's Shinji Okazaki—who scored his 50th goal for Japan—and Gent striker Yuya Kubo.


England U20s: Josh Sims

Young Saints forward Josh Sims was a second-half substitute as England's Under-20s defeated Senegal 2-0 to win the Four Nations tournament in France.

Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dom Solanke secured the win for the Young Lions.

Sims, who turned 20 yesterday, was ever-present in the England 23-man squad which drew 2-2 against Portugal in the opening fixture, before defeating France 1-0 on Saturday.


Republic of Ireland: Shane Long

Shane Long was a second-half substitute for an under-strength Republic of Ireland side in their 1-0 defeat to Iceland at the Aviva Stadium—ending their 15-game unbeaten run at home.

Long replaced West Bromwich Albion's James McClean on 72 minutes, but the damage had already been done as Iceland's superb first-half free-kick from Hordur Magnusson was enough to see the game off for the Nordic country.


Cedric and Sofiane Boufal were unused substitutes in Portugal's and Morocco's friendly games on Tuesday evening.