Kuyt and Carroll shine on international stage

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A couple of Liverpool players had a night to remember on the international stage last night, with Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt grabbing the headlines for their respective countries.

Carroll, who was handed his first international start for the Three Lions by Fabio Capello, struck a rasping left foot strike past Ghana keeper Richard Kingson on 43 minutes.

A late equaliser from Asamoah Gyan prevented the goal from being the winner, but it was a memorable moment for the £35 million man nonetheless.

"It was great to get playing again and great for me to get a goal," said the 22-year-old.

"I'm coming back fit now and I think getting that goal shows I'm here and ready to score goals for England if I am picked."


In Euro 2012 qualifying group E, Kuyt struck twice for the Dutch in an enthralling 5-3 win against Hungary. The second, a sublime chip from 25-yards, wasn't enough to keep the Liverpool workhorse happy about the side's defensive performance.

"This really was an incredible game. We put in a very bad performance today," the player told SBS6 in the immediate aftermath.

"Our defensive performance simply wasn't good enough. That's not only the defence's fault though. We have to defend as an entire team. Any team can score against us if we don't do that."

In other international matches, Martin Skrtel was part of the Slovakia side that went down 2-1 in Denmark, while Milan Jovanovic was a starter for Serbia in their 1-1 draw against Estonia.

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