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International round up


Filed: Wednesday, 6th February 2008
By: Matthew O'Greel


There were mixed fortunes for West Ham players involved in internationals tonight.

Matthew Upson won his eighth cap for England in their 2-1 win over Switzerland at Wembley, playing the entire 90 minutes.

However George McCartney ended up on the losing side as Northern Ireland went down 1-0 at home to Bulgaria.

Goals from Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas and Chelsea's Shaun Wright-Phillips gave the new-look England side a narrow victory in their first game under Fabio Capello.

England - who also featured former Hammers David James, Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole - took the lead five minutes ahead of the break through Jenas before the Swiss equalised 13 minutes into the second half through Eren Derdiyok.

However Switzerland enjoyed parity for just three minutes before Wright-Phillips scored the winning goal from close range.

Meanwhile Nigel Worthington's reign as manager of Northern Ireland got off to a losing start thanks to Martin Petrov's 38th minute winner at Windsor Park.

Petrov's effort hit the back of the net after taking a deflection off Ireland's Jonny Evans; West Ham's George McCartney, like team mate Upson, played the full 90 minutes.



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