Edin Dzeko's fine start to the season continued at the weekend as the Manchester City striker played a starring role in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 2-0 win away to Belarus.
The 25-year-old has hit the ground running and then some this term, having found the net on seven occasions for City before the end of August.
And, although Dzeko did not find the scoresheet in Minsk, he won a penalty for his side as they picked up an important three points on the road to Euro 2012.
Meanwhile, Joe Hart and Gareth Barry both started for England in Sofia as two goals from Wayne Rooney inspired a comfortable 3-0 victory against Bulgaria.
James Milner and Adam Johnson also made appearances, with both coming on as second half substitutes in an impressive all-round display.
England's chances of qualifying for Euro 2012 were given a significant boost after Wales beat Montenegro in Cardiff, in an encounter which saw City summer signing Stefan Savic make his seventh international appearance.
Elsewhere, Vincent Kompany captained Belgium during a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan and Aleksandar Kolarov represented Serbia, who beat Northern Ireland by a solitary goal.
Mario Balotelli was also in action - playing only five minutes in a 1-0 win against the Faroe Islands - while Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero played for Argentina in a victory over Venezuela.
Finally, on Friday evening, David Silva donned the colours of Spain in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Chile in Geneva.