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International Round-Up

11 September 2013

Clarets’ striker Sam Vokes featured in both of Wales’ World Cup qualifiers during the international break, but was unable to prevent defeats against Macedonia and Serbia.

The 23-year-old came off the bench to replace David Vaughan in the 85th minute as Chris Coleman’s side went down 2-1 away in Macedonia.

However, Vokes was then selected to spearhead the Wales attack against Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium and completed a full 90 minutes despite a disappointing 3-0 defeat to a team that boasts Premier League defenders Branislav Ivanovic and Matija Nastasić.

Meanwhile, Clarets’ colleague Danny Lafferty returned to the Northern Ireland starting eleven as they travelled to Luxembourg.

Danny Lafferty, pictured with Irish goalscorer in Luxembourg, Martin Paterson

The full-back had been suspended for their thrilling encounter against Portugal on Friday but manager Michael O’Neill saw fit to put the Derry-born man straight back into his line up.

Earning his sixth cap, Lafferty played 80 minutes before being replaced by Brentford’s Will Grigg as the province searched for a late leveller, before eventually going down 3-2.

New Zealander Cameron Howieson played a part in both of their friendly fixtures, coming on for the last 20 minutes to replace Andrew Durante in the 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia and then starting a game for the first time as the Kiwis went down 2-0 against United Arab Emirates in the final of the OSN Cup.

Finally, Clarets’ defender David Edgar featured in a friendly for Canada against African minnows Mauritania as part of a 10-day training camp in Valencia, Spain.
Story by David Hynds

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