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27 March 2013

Clarets in action for their respective nations

BURNLEY striker Martin Paterson ended his brief international exile with his first senior start since last August in Northern Ireland’s 2-0 home defeat to Israel.

Paterson, who scored on his last appearance against Finland, played 83 minutes of the 2014 World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

Turf Moor teammate Daniel Lafferty also completed 90 minutes on a frustrating night for the hosts as they were undone by late goals from Lior Refaelov and Eden Ben Basat.

Welshman Sam Vokes was an unused substitute in both of their qualifiers – a 2-1 victory against Scotland and a 2-1 home defeat to Croatia in Swansea.

The results leave both home nations with mountains to climb to qualify for Rio in the summer of 2014.

Elsewhere, midfielder Alex Kačaniklić again started for Sweden in their goalless draw against Slovakia last night. 

The 21-year-old, on loan from Fulham, also started in the World Cup Qualifier against Ireland on Friday.

And wide man Dane Richards, an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw against Panama at the weekend, came on as an 80th minute substitute on Tuesday as Jamaica went down 2-0 against Costa Rica.

The two results leave The Reggae Boyz bottom of their group, with two points from three games.

Finally, Clarets defender David Edgar played in both of Canada’s friendlies against Belarus and Jamaica in Doha, Qatar. 

by David Hynds

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