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Manchester United players have taken to the international stage once more, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice in England’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria, and Ashley Young contributing an assist.

Young set up Rooney for the third goal in a match that ended the striker’s year-long international goal drought. Chris Smalling also made his senior debut for England in the right-back position.

The defender was able to contribute to a clean sheet for the Three Lions, as the side established themselves at the top of Group G in their quest to qualify for the Euro 2012 Championship.

England face Wales on Tuesday night, and four points from their next two matches will seal qualification for the tournament.

Javier Hernandez continued his great form for Mexico, with the youngster scoring against Poland in a friendly. United fans will no doubt be excited at the news that Hernandez is scoring again, after he suffered a concussion in the side’s pre-season tour of the USA.

Darren Fletcher made a gallant comeback from a mystery stomach illness, featuring for Scotland in a controversial 2-2 draw with Czech Republic. Fletcher scored a goal and provided an assist in the match.

The draw is a blow for Scotland, who are now five points behind second-placed Czech Republic with two games to go. But Fletcher insisted after the match that his side would keep on fighting to cause an upset.


 

“We can't finish this group on a whimper,” Fletcher said.

“The Czechs have got two difficult games but if we don't do our job then what they do is irrelevant. We don't want it to be us not doing our jobs and then find out they have dropped points which meant we could have qualified.

“We have got to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we take maximum points and put them under a little bit of pressure.

“It is a big task because it's out of our hands. All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and hope for a bit of luck in their games.”

Meanwhile, Nani featured for Portugal in the side’s 4-0 defeat over Cyprus, assisting one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals, while Jonny Evans played for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 loss to Serbia.

Patrice Evra also played 90 minutes for France in their 2-1 win over Albania.

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