Last weekend, Dennis pointed out that the Bolton Wanderers are much less of a global affair than they used to be. This, combined with poor form for the past year and a half, means that the international break is just that, a break, for many Trotters. However, a select few continue to represent Bolton on the world stage.
Adam Bogdan of course played the full 90 minutes for his country, keeping the goal as Hungary fought back after conceding in the 28th minute to beat Turkey 3-1. This is Hungary's second win in 5 days, which bumps them up to second in their World Cup Qualifying group, just 3 points behind the Netherlands. This is an excellent result for Hungary, and if the good form continues, they could travel to their first World Cup since 1986, a tournament which included a 6-0 loss to the Soviet Union.
Keith Andrews played for effectively the whole match as well, being subbed out in the 91st minute of the Republic of Ireland's 4-1 trampling of the Faroe Islands. The Irish were beaten 6-1 by Germany on Friday, so a morale boost was desperately needed. The win puts the Republic of Ireland 3rd in their group, just 1 point behind Sweden.
Chung-Yong Lee is the final Wanderer to deploy on senior international duty this time around. He came on in the 69th minute, which proved to be just a little too late for South Korea, as they fell 1-0 to a 10-man Iran. This result means that South Korea and Iran are tied at the top of their World Cup Qualifying group, and are both definite favourites to advance.
Marvin Sordell got some international love, who played 62 minutes for the England U21s against the Serbia U21s after receiving yet another start. The Baby Lions did beat Serbia 1-0, with the goal coming from Connor Wickham in the 90th minute after being brought on as a sub in the 89th. However, the story of that match is undoubtedly the appalling behaviour from Serbia fans.
The players are expected to return to Euxton tomorrow, and to the new managing team of Jimmy Phillips and Sammy Lee.