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International roundup: Competitive matches for some Wanderers, holidays for others

Ian Walton

The summer is in full swing. Signings are being made, players are on their way out, and international matches are going on all over the globe. Stuart Holden has already seen a few minutes for the United States Men's National Team while some of the other players have patiently been waiting their turns. This is what's happening on the world stage for Bolton Wanderers.

Chung-Yong Lee

Chungy is currently with his South Korea team, playing out World Cup qualifiers in hopes of reaching Brazil in 2014. The winger has already played one match, going the full 90 minutes against Lebanon in a 1-1 away draw. The Koreans were forced to rescue a result at the death with a goal from Kim Chi Woo in the 6th minute of second-half stoppage time. Lee was booked just 17 minutes into the match but completed the rest of the outing. The draw took South Korea to the top of their qualification group, level on points with Uzbekistan. They still have a game in hand on the fourth and fifth placed teams. Korea will wait until Tuesday, the 11th, for their next match, a qualifier with Uzbekistan. Should that match have a winner, they will take sole ownership of the first spot in the group with just one match to play.

Marvin Sordell (and Craig Dawson)

England's U21s are participating in the U21 European Championships hosted by Israel at the moment and Marvin Sordell, alongside former Bolton loanee Craig Dawson, started Three Lions' first match. The youngsters opened the tournament against Italy, the most successful team in the tournament's history, losing their first game 1-0. Marvin Sordell nearly helped put England ahead with a good ball played to Blackburn's Jason Lowe whose low shot dragged narrowly wide. Craig Dawson put the ball into the net not long after that but with everyone thinking that England had broken the deadlock, the referee called play back for a foul in the box. Sordell went 65 minutes before being replaced by Nathaniel Chalobah while Dawson went the full 90. The loss was England's first in 18 months. England next take on Norway on Saturday.

Medo Kamara

Medo has played every minute of Sierra Leone's three World Cup Qualification matches thus far and it was no surprise that he was once again called up by his country. Sierra Leone currently sit second in their four-team group, five points behind leaders Tunisia, who travel to face Medo and his countrymen on Saturday in Sierra Leone. The match is a must win for Sierra Leone and they also need to beat Cape Verde away on the 15th to stand a chance of World Cup qualification.

Adam Bogdan

Hungary do not have any World Cup Qualifiers to play until September so they decided to schedule an international friendly against Kuwait, that was played on Thursday. Adam Bogdan started and went the full 90 minutes, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Hungary won the match 1-0 through a 57th minute goal from Vilmos Vanczak.