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International Rams Review


07:32 11th September 2013

by DCFC Media

Defeats for Ward & Sammon - no action for Bryson. takes a look back at how Derby County’s players on international duty fared on Tuesday evening.

Striker Jamie Ward played the full game for Northern Ireland as they slipped to a forgettable 3-2 loss away to Luxembourg, who claimed their first World Cup Qualifier win since 1972 on an embarrassing night for Michael O’Neill’s side.

Ward started in attacking midfield role whilst claiming his seventh international cap, and goals from Martin Paterson of Huddersfield Town and Gareth McAuley of West Bromwich Albion weren’t enough to help them avoid defeat.

Fellow frontman Conor Sammon collected his eighth international cap as an 81st minute substitute in place of West Bromwich Albion’s Shane Long as the Republic of Ireland as they lost to Austria in a crucial World Cup Qualifier.

David Alaba's late goal means Ireland’s hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup are now all-but over, having also lost 2-1 to Sweden last week in Dublin.

Midfielder Craig Bryson was an unused substitute for Scotland as they claimed a welcome 2-1 win away to Macedonia in their penultimate World Cup Qualifier, thanks to goals from Ikechi Anya and Shaun Maloney.

Ward, Sammon & Bryson are due to fly back to Derby today and will re-join the Rams’ squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship.

Also in international action on Wednesday was first-year scholar Jack Tuite, but the young defender couldn't help the Republic of Ireland's Under 17s avoid a 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia.

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