The international break has reached its halfway point and with little coming out of Bolton's home ground over the last week, much of the focus has been on the trotters doing their work on foreign soil. Over the weekend, four Bolton Wanderers were involved in their national team's fixtures to varying degrees. Some of the matches were crucial for World Cup qualification hopes while others were friendlies or competitive matches that counted for very little.
Adam Bogdan started and went the whole 90 minutes for Hungary as they suffered a 3-0 defeat against Romania in Bucharest. The defeat saw Bogdan's side drop to third in the group with Romania taking second place. Hungary are now two points back of that spot and eight points behind the leaders, Holland. Hungary will welcome Estonia to Budapest on Tuesday in hopes of beating the fifth place team to regain their second top ranking with just three games left to play in qualifying.
Medo Kamara started and went the full 90 minutes for Sierra Leone in a 3-2 win over Equatorial Guinea at home. The match meant very little as Medo's side were already mathematically eliminated from contention before the ball was even kicked. Sierra Leone finished second bottom in their group, needing a first place finish to advance to the next round of qualifying.
Chung-Yong Lee was introduced into Korea's friendly against Haiti at halftime and played the final 45 minutes of the match. Prior to Chungy's inclusion into the match, the scores were tied at 1-1. The Bolton winger would win two second-half penalties, the first just five minutes after the break, to help take the final score to 4-1. Korea were helped by Haiti man Yves Desmartes being shown a second yellow card, taking the visitors down to ten men. The home side, who have already secured a World Cup place, will now welcome Croatia in another friendly.
Finally, Jermaine Beckford was called up to the Jamaican National Team once more as they faced a must win game against Panama. Jamaica sit bottom of the hex on just three points from seven matches, five behind fourth-place Mexico, whose spot they need to take in order to have a chance at a World Cup appearance. The match would end 0-0, netting the Reggae Boyz a point on the road. They will now return home to face a strong Costa Rica side who are brimming with confidence after a 3-1 win against the United States.