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Blues international round-up

Posted: Wed 27 Mar 2013

Chris Burke in action for Scotland

Image by: PA Photos

A number of Blues players have been in international action this week.

Chris Burke was introduced as an 80th minute substitute for Scotland in their 2-0 away defeat in Serbia last night.

The loss at the Karadorde Stadium in Nova Said means that Scotland remain bottom of Group A and the result ended their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Blues’ on-loan full-back Paul Caddis was an unused substitute for Gordon Strachan's side.

Meanwhile in Belfast, on-loan Newcastle midfielder Shane Ferguson played 73 minutes for Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Israel.

The hosts had the better of the first 45 minutes and the Blues loanee had a header cleared off the line.

However, Israel scored twice in the final 15 minutes to earn a 2-0 victory at Windsor Park.

On Monday, two Blues youngsters played for their respective Republic of Ireland sides.

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Bobby Moseley completed the full game for the Republic of Ireland U17s in their win against Austria.

The young Ireland side secured a 1-0 success against their hosts at Schwechat-Rannersdorf in the Uefa under-17 Championships Elite Qualifying Round fixture. QPR’s Reece Grego-Cox scored the only goal mid-way through the first half.

Elsewhere, in the U21 age group, midfielder Callum Reilly played the full match in his side's 2-1 friendly defeat against Portugal in Dundalk. Portugal took a 2-0 lead, before Matt Doherty headed home a 71st minute consolation goal.