Seb Larsson

International round-up

by Kate Smith

Mixed fortunes for Cats stars.

Friday evening saw a number of Sunderland players in action for their countries - scouts around the grounds to find out how they fared.

Steven Fletcher and David Vaughan came head to head as Scotland and Wales met in Cardiff.

Fletcher helped the Scots take an early lead when he set up James Morrison’s opening goal.

The Black Cats leading scorer almost got on the scoresheet himself, before having his effort disallowed.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale spurred on Wales’ comeback with two late second half goals to seal the win.

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson was an unused sub for England as they fired five past San Marino in their World Cup qualifying game at Wembley Stadium.

Three Lions striker Wayne Rooney and former Sunderland loan star each grabbed a brace, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his first international goal late in the second half to seal the convincing victory.

The Republic of Ireland were less fortunate with their World Cup progress, as Germany maintained their 100% record in the competition with a 6-1 victory over Giovanni Trapattoni’s side.

Both John O’Shea and Keiren Westwood featured in the clash, with David Meyler watching from the bench.

Sebastian Larsson’s Sweden toppled Faroe Islands 2-1, whilst goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s Belgium ran out 3-0 winners against Serbia.