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Manchester United stars enjoy international success

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There will be plenty of happy faces around Old Trafford this week as a wealth of players enjoyed international success last night.

Wayne Rooney was the outstanding performer as his headed goal helped England to win their crucial qualifier against Poland. Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck and Chris Smalling also all started for Roy Hodgson's side as a 2-0 victory ensured that England will be going to Brazil in 2014.

Nani found the scoresheet for Portugal in their 3-0 win over Luxembourg. However they could only reach the play-offs after Russia drew in Azerbaijan.

Patrice Evra could face Nani in the play-offs with France. Evra and France beat Georgia 2-0 however could only finish second, behind Spain.

Forward Javier Hernandez will also have to go through the play-offs if he wants to play in Brazil next summer. Mexico suffered a 2-1 defeat to Costa Rica and had to rely on USA sealing a dramatic win over Panama for them to book a play-off with New Zealand.

Robin Van Persie, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa also featured last night as all of their respective countries made it though to the finals.

Van Persie played the first half in Holland's 2-0 win away at Turkey. The Dutchman was rested for the second half as his side were already through.

Kagawa has struggled to cement a place in the side under David Moyes but the midfielder played the full 90 minutes for Japan, who had already qualified for the World Cup. They lost to Belarus 1-0 in a friendly.

Valencia will enjoy the long trip back from South America after Ecuador sealed qualification last night. Despite losing 2-1 away to Chile, results elsewhere meant that Valencia's side secured the fourth and final automatic spot in the South American qualifying group.  

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