Manchester United’s wonderkid Javier Hernandez has starred for Mexico in their international friendly against Paraguay, amongst a host of other international heroes who call Old Trafford home.
Hernandez scored two first half goals to take Mexico to a 3-1 victory, and left the ground to a standing ovation from Mexican fans when he was substituted at 65 minutes.
Meanwhile, back in England, Wayne Rooney assisted the England squad taking a 2-0 victory out of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales. While the star striker didn’t score, England manager Fabio Capello revealed a new plan for Rooney.
"I decided for a new position for Rooney," Capello told reporters.
"When we are defending, he and Ashley Young are staying wide but, when we had the ball, they caused Wales problems."
While Rooney was released for England’s friendly with Ghana, and can make an immediate return to Manchester United, the 25 year old received a second yellow in the Euro qualifying campaign and will miss the Switzerland clash on June 4th.
Darron Gibson was able to help secure victory for Republic of Ireland in a 2-1 scoreline over Macedonia. Gibson assisted in Robbie Keane’s goal for Ireland at 22 minutes.
Antonio Valencia started for Ecuador in a 2-0 defeat over Columbia, but with the winger still recovering from a long term injury, he was afforded a rest after 75 minutes.
Elsewhere, Nani starred in the wing position for Portugal in their 1-1 draw with Chile. The 24 year old assisted in Portugal’s only goal, setting up striker Silvestre Varela in a 16th minute corner kick. While the two played well together and often threatened Chile’s defence, they couldn’t increase their lead over the South Americans.
Patrice Evra was called up for France for their match up with Luxembourg in a Euro 2012 qualifier. The leftback made his international return after being banned for five matches for staging a walk out in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
In response to questions about how fans would react to his return, Evra told reporters, “I expect some boos.
“But the first people who whistle are the first who will ask for my shirt at the end.”
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