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Having suffered yet another dreadful England performance on Thursday, it was certainly good news for Burnley players involved in internationals yesterday with two of them scoring, one of them in a World Cup qualifier.

It’s a while since there wasn’t a Burnley player in an England squad but, with Tom Heaton injured and Michael Keane having departed for Everton, that was the case as we beat Slovenia 1-0 on an awful night at Wembley.

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Yesterday, however, Wales and the Republic of Ireland both recorded victories to set themselves up for a showdown on Monday in Cardiff.

Sam Vokes was in the Wales team that won 1-0 in Georgia with a goal from Tom Lawrence and a couple of hours later both Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick played for the Republic of Ireland who beat Moldova 2-0 at the Aviva Stadium with both goals scored by Nottingham Forest’s Daryl Murphy.

With one game to go, Serbia lead Group D with 18 points and they are followed by Wales and Ireland who have 17 and 16 points respectively. Serbia are expected to beat Georgia to win the group which would leave Wales and Ireland battling for second place with Wales needing just a draw. Ireland will be able to call on Robbie Brady who missed last night’s game with suspension.

Iceland had a big win, beating Turkey 3-0 in Eskisehir with Johann Berg Gudmundsson scoring the opening goal. They now lead Group I by two points, ahead of Croatia and Ukraine. That result should see them go to Russia next summer. They need to win their last game on Monday but they are at home against bottom club Kosovo.

Away from the World Cup, Chris Wood scored for New Zealand in a friendly against Japan in Tokyo, although they were defeated 2-1. They are awaiting confirmation of their play-off opponents next month when they will play the team finishing fifth in the South American qualifying group.

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