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Liverpool: LFC International Round-Up (11/10/2017)

Liverpool: LFC International Round-Up (11/10/2017)

Find out how Liverpool's players have been performing for their countries at senior international level...

There have been more fluctuating fortunes for Liverpool players on international duty in recent days with even more now knowing if they will be Russia bound next summer.

The club's England contingent will be and the Three Lions ensured they ended their World Cup qualification campaign unbeaten on Sunday, albeit via another tepid 1-0 victory secured by the boot of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

As he had done against Slovenia on Thursday, manager Gareth Southgate, who handed debuts to Harry Winks and Harry Maguire, fielded Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson for the full 90 minutes.

Fellow Anfield man Daniel Sturridge came on for the final 18 minutes, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remained an onlooker from the bench.

Elsewhere in Group F, the runners-up spot went to Slovakia on goal difference after the other two teams in the running - Slovenia and Scotland - drew 2-2.

It was heartbreaking for the Scots who took a first half lead in Ljubljana and knew a victory would have guaranteed them a place in the play-offs.

Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson again completed the whole match as Gordon Strachan's men went agonisingly close to finding an injury time winner.

Over in Group D on Monday there was similar emotions for Wales as their hopes of a first World Cup appearance since 1958 were dashed by the Republic of Ireland.

Going into the game Chris Coleman's side still had aspirations of topping the group but a 1-0 home defeat ultimately condemned them to third, behind the Irish and Serbia.

Reds youngster Ben Woodburn was introduced in the 65th minute and looked as likely as anyone to cancel out James McClean's 57th minute strike but it wasn't to be.

Danny Ward again played understudy to Crystal Palace shot-stopper Wayne Hennessey for the hosts between the sticks.

Back on Sunday, Emre Can scored a scintillating long-range goal in a 5-1 victory for Group C winners Germany over Azerbaijan.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes in Kaiserslautern and scored the final goal after earlier strikes from Leon Goretzka (2), Sandro Wagner and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Dejan Lovren overcame his recent injury concerns to start and complete Croatia's vital 2-0 win in the Ukraine.

The result on Monday secured the Croats a play-off place, at the expense of their hosts, behind Group I winners Iceland.

Over in African qualifying, Mohamed Salah was the hero as Egypt secured their place in Russia courtesy of a 2-1 win over Congo.

The pacy attacker scored both of his nation's goals at the Borg El Arab Stadium, including a dramatic 95th-minute winner from the penalty spot.

On Tuesday the Netherlands had their fate confirmed despite two Arjen Robben goals defeating Sweden 2-0 in Amsterdam.

The Dutch, for whom Georginio Wijnaldum played the first 71 minutes, needed to win by seven clear goals to usurp the Swedes as Group A runners-up to France but it was a forlorn attempt.

In Brussels, Group H winners Belgium made it nine wins from 10 qualifying matches with an Eden Hazard inspired 4-0 victory over Cyprus.

As usual Liverpool duo Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi, who is currently on loan at Wolfsburg, were confined to a watching brief.

Also in Group H, Ragnar Klavan's Estonia brought the curtain down on their campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Klavan captained his country throughout the encounter, picking up a booking in the 20th minute.

Finally, run away South American qualifying table-toppers Brazil ended their highly successful campaign with a 3-0 defeat of Chile in São Paulo, a result which means the visitors miss out on a place in the finals.

Philippe Coutinho started for the Samba Stars, who scored all their goals in the second half, before being replaced in the 87th minute by club mate Roberto Firmino.

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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Wednesday October 11 2017
Time: 7:33AM

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