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International Blues

Posted: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Author: Andy Walker

Shane Ferguson on Northern Ireland duty.

Image by: Press Association

Four members of the Blues set-up got match minutes for their respective nations on Tuesday.

In dead rubber FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers, on-loan wideman Shane Ferguson played the final 12 minutes of Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw in Israel while Blues winger Chris Burke was a substitute in the dying seconds of Scotland's 2-0 home win over Croatia at Hampden Park.

Midfielder Callum Reilly was a 79th minute substitute in Republic of Ireland U21s' 1-0 defeat to Romania U21s in Sligo in their UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier.

Elsewhere promising full-back Bobby Moseley played the first-half as the Republic of Ireland U19s won their UEFA U19 European Championship qualifying group outright with a 1-1 against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Sweden. This followed victories over Azerbaijan and Sweden to secure progression to the Elite Phase. 

Blues loanee Jesse Lingard was also on international duty but was an unused sub for England U21s during their 5-0 victory over Lithuania U21s.