Wednesday 9 September 2015

International Reds round-up

Where else to start our international week round-up but none other than our very own Wayne Rooney.
It was a proud moment for United fans everywhere when our skipper converted an 84th minute penalty against Switzerland on Tuesday to eclipse Sir Bobby Charlton as England's all time record goalscorer.

England had already qualified from one of the most boring round-robin groups in living memory so the focus was all on Rooney- and the record- and he delivered.
Reds team mates Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling also earned praise for their Wembley outings, with Smalling named man of the match as his impressive season continued. 

Rooney can easily go on and notch another 10 or 15 goals for our country.

Elsewhere, Juan Mata scored and David de Gea started as Spain edged closer to qualification with a 1-0 win in Macedonia.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, as ever, produced a classy midfield performance as the World Champions edged Scotland 3-2 at Hampden in a thriller.

Morgan Schneiderlin played 90 minutes in France's 2-1 friendly win over Serbia in a match that saw United new boy Anthony Martial earn his second cap with a late cameo (France qualify automatically for Euro 2016 as the host nation). 

Marouane Fellaini scored his country's opening goal in their 3-1 win over Bosnia&Herzegovina on Thursday and then played just over an hour in a 1-0 win in Cyprus to help secure Belgium at least a play-off spot.

Things are not so rosy for Daley Blind and Memphis Depay though, with their Dutch team out of the running for an automatic place at the finals and facing a fight to even make the play-offs.
They are fourth in Group A with two matches to play and need results to go their way to even finish in third.

In Group H, Matteo Darmian's Italy edged closer to a place in France next summer in a pair of 1-0 wins over Malta and Bulgaria respectively, in which our right-back played the full 90 minutes in both matches, producing two neat and tidy displays as ever. 

Paddy McNair watched Northern Ireland's dramatic 1-1 draw with Hungary from the bench as an unused substitute. 

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