International round-up: 15/10/2013

By SFC Media time Wed 16 Oct Men's First team

11 players are now on their way back to Southampton after a busy day of international involvement on Tuesday.

The action began with Development Squad goalkeeper Chris Johns lining up for Northern Ireland's Under-19s against Iceland in their final game in 2014 UEFA European U19 Championship Qualification Group 4.

Johns and his teammates needed a win to move into the Elite Round, but were beaten 1-0 in Belgium to end up bottom of their group and out of the running for a place at next summer's finals in Hungary.

There was better news, though, for Calum Chambers, who again captained England's Under-19s in their last game of the current qualifying stage.

Having already helped his country to a draw with Slovenia and a 7-0 win over Andorra over the past week, the Saints defender played his part as the Young Lions beat Switzerland 1-0 to progress through to the Elite Round.

The Elite Round will be contested by 28 nations later this year, with those countries placed into one of seven four-team groups. The winners of each group will qualify for Euro 2014.

While those Under-19 games were underway, defender Maya Yoshida was named in Japan's team for their second friendly of this international window.

The Saints man lined up for the Samurai Blue against Belarus as they looked to recover from last Friday's 2-0 defeat to Serbia.

However, Yoshida played the full game as Japan were beaten again, with Yan Tigorev's goal just before the interval settled a close-fought match at the Torpedo Stadium in Zhodino.

Later in the day, James Ward-Prowse lined up for England's Under-21s in their 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifier against Lithuania at Portman Road in Ipswich.

And the 18-year-old marked his fourth appearance for the Young Lions with a goal, scoring the second as England won 5-0. You can read more about that match here and watch the goal below:

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis also found the net for his nation last night, netting the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Israel in their final 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Read more about Davis's evening here.

Attention then turned to World Cup-bound Italy, who named Dani Osvaldo in their starting XI for their final qualifier against Armenia in Naples.

Osvaldo had scored in the Azzurri's 2-2 draw in Denmark last Friday, but had a quieter evening this time out and was substituted nine minutes into the second half. Italy went on to draw 2-2, with their ticket to Brazil already sealed back in September.

Croatia, who already knew they were bound for the play-offs having missed out on automatic qualification to Belgium, named Dejan Lovren in their team to face Scotland at Hampden Park.

Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass got above the Saints defender to put the Tartan Army ahead on 26 minutes, though Lovren did have a chance to level soon after only for his header to be saved by Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

The home side later doubled their lead and ran out 2-0 winners, with the result having little consequence on Croatia as they progress to a play-off against Ukraine, France, Romania or Iceland for a spot at the World Cup.

The clash between England and Poland had been billed as the main event of the night, but there was some disappointment among Saints fans as Artur Boruc was left on the visitors' bench at Wembley after picking up a knock in training.

Boruc's club teammate Rickie Lambert was also among the substitutes, with neither player making it onto the pitch as England ran out 2-0 winners to secure their place at next summer's World Cup finals.

Lloyd Isgrove is still waiting for his first Wales cap having not made it off the bench during their memorable 1-1 draw with World Cup-bound Belgium in Brussels.

The day's final international participant was Uruguay's Gastón Ramírez, who began his country's qualifier against Argentina in Montevideo on the bench.

The Saints man came on as a half-time substitute with the scores tied at 2-2, with Edinson Cavani's goal four minutes into the second half securing victory for the home nation.

However, the winning margin was not enough to take Uruguay into an automatic qualification spot, so they must now play off against Jordan next month for a place at next summer's finals.

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