It's been a somewhat eventful international break for the Bolton Wanderers players who've been flying around the globe in order to play for their countries. Here's how they got on:
The Iceman, Eidur Gudjohnsen, unfortunately didn't make it off the bench in Iceland's Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic, but I very much doubt that he minds, as his country fought back to claim a vital and memorable victory in Reykjavik. The Czechs, then group leaders, took the lead on 55 minutes through striker Borek Dockal. However, Iceland equalised only five minutes later through captain Aron Gunnarsson. Iceland then took the lead on the 76th minute, through Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. This now sees Iceland top Group A by two points, putting them within touching distance of their first ever major tournament. Just imagine if Eidur got to represent his country at Euro 2016 in his footballing swan song, wonderful.
Our deeply departed goalkeeper's Hungary took part in two matches during this international break, the first was a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of Lithuania, in a friendly. However, I have no idea whether or not Bogdan took part in that game, because there doesn't seem to be any team news anywhere on the internet. I do know for certain, however, that Bogdan did not play in his country's Euro 2016 qualifier against Finland, which they won 1-0. No, instead 39 year-old Gabor Kiraly, the one who wears horrendous joggers and apparently plays for Fulham, was stuck between the sticks instead. The win leaves Hungary still with a great chance of making the Euros in France next summer, they currently sit in a play-off space, two points behind Northern Ireland who sit in 2nd place.
A quite peculiar predicament prevented Neil Danns from making his World Cup and competitive debut for Guyana, last Wednesday, as inexplicable passport problems denied him from playing in his sides World Cup qualifier with St. Vincent. Although Guyana were without Danns and another trio of overseas players: Matthew Briggs, Marcel Barrington and Samuel Cox, the Golden Jaguars still managed to come out of the away leg with a 2-2 draw. All the passport issues, what ever they were, were overcome for the second leg as Danns started, and scored his first international goal no less! An 86th minute equaliser in a 4-4 draw. Sadly, this means Danns' World Cup career is over just as it began, as Guyana went out on away goals.
Young striker, Conor Wilkinson, played the first half for the Republic or Ireland U21's as they were easily dispatched 3-1, by England's U21's. First half goals from Tom Carroll, Saido Berahino and Nathaniel Chalobah were enough to see off the Irish.
On a final little tidbit of news, not in relation to any game which have actually been played, Tim Ream has been called up to Jurgen Klinsmann's 35-man provisional squad for the United States' foray into the Gold Cup. The squad is to be cut down to 23, and with Klinsmann's tendency to snub Ream from every serious squad, it'd be surprised if our beloved defender did get the call. However, I remain hopeful, and would love to see Tim get the call up he deserves.