The frantic midweek international break probably ranks up there with my least favourite. It gives the players just enough time to get into their groove with their countrymen before returning to the club, where they will then have to get back in the swing of things there. Anyway, the powers that be have never consulted bloggers' opinions on the scheduling of international matches, and Wednesday it was. Quite a few Wanderers were involved in the action and luckily for you, we're here to give you a run down
Sam Ricketts and Gary Speed
This was, of course, a memorial match for the late Gary Speed, former Wanderers and Wales international as well as national team coach, who took his life in November. Speed's sons lead the Welsh team out and his father said a few words to the players before kickoff. Wales lost the match 1-0 to Costa Rica. Sam Ricketts appeared as a second half substitute.
The latest Arsenal loan boy, who was Bolton's player of the month for February, was an unused substitute for Japan in their rather embarrassing 1-0 World Cup Qualifier loss to Uzbekistan.
Our Icelandic rock did not prove solid enough to save Iceland from their 2-1 friendly defeat to Montenegro, although he was only a 57th minute sub.
The young cheesy wotsit, in such good club form of late, played 85 minutes for Hungary in their 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.
Marvin Sordell and Dedryck Boyata
Both players for their respective U21 sides, though Sordell's England team smashed Boyata's Belgium 4-0. Boyata's luck was very low as the 4th goal game for a penalty he conceded on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The reserve striker came on in the 86th minute for the Scotland U21's in a goalless draw in the Euro 2013 Qualifiers against Netherlands U21's.
Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge (former player)
While neither of these players currently wear the Bolton kit (much to my sadness) both put on a decent show for the England big boy side against the Netherlands, though the 3 Lions did lose in the end. Good ol Gazza even scored a goal.