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International roundup: World Cup dream just about secured for one, fading for another

Ian Walton

When we last checked in with Bolton's international crew, there were a few Wanderers in action, playing for their respective countries' World Cup hopes. Medo Kamara, Chung-Yong Lee, and Marvin Sordell were all part of teams in action over the last few days, with two pushing for Brazil with qualifying matches while one crashed out in the group stages of a tournament.

Marvin Sordell

England needed a result against Norway in Israel to keep their U21 European Championship hopes alive following a 1-0 loss to Italy in their opening match. In the first game, Marvin Sordell played 65 minutes but was taken off as England failed to score. In his team's second game, Sordell sat on the bench and was an unused substitute as the young Lions effectively crashed out of the tournament with a 1-3 loss to Norway. England's lone goal came after Craig Dawson won his side a penalty and converted from the spot. They played their final match against Israel and lost 1-0. Marvin Sordell saw 12 minutes and failed to make an impact as the Young Lions fell once again. They lost all three of their group matches and crashed out of the tournament in abject fashion.

Medo Kamara

Sierra Leone welcomed group leaders Tunisia to the National Stadium in Freetown as they tried to close the gap in hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil. Only one team from each of the ten groups advances to the next round of qualifying, which pits the winners of each group against each other in a knock-out tie against another team.

Kamara's Sierra Leone are still five point adrift of advancing, following a 2-2 draw to Tunisia. Sierra Leone looked like winning until a 90th minute goal from Fakhreddine Ben Yousseff leveled matters. Sierra Leone now need to win their remaining two games with a substantial goal difference while hoping that Tunisia lose out (or at the most get only one point) to advance.

Chung-Yong Lee

Chungy's South Korea team took on Uzbekistan at home, beating the visitors and effectively booking a spot for themselves in Brazil next year. The Koreans won 1-0 through a 42nd minute own goal with Chung-Yong Lee going for almost the entire match. He exited the match in second-half stoppage time. South Korea only have one more match to play, a home game against Iran next Tuesday. Korea lead their qualification group by three points and have a six goal advantage in the goal difference charts.