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INTERNATIONAL REVIEW: GOING GLOBAL

21 November 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Lewis Dunk walks out for his England debut at Wembley Stadium last week.

Brighton & Hove Albion had a host of faces in action across the globe for their respective countries over the international break. 

Lewis Dunk made his England debut last week against USA at Wembley Stadium, and in doing so became the first Albion player for 36 years to achieve the feat.

Gareth Southgate’s side won 3-0 last Thursday as Dunk took to the field, before the defender was an unused substitute in Sunday’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Croatia in the UEFA Nations League as the Three Lions qualified for next summer’s finals in the process.

The defender spoke of his immense pride at earning his first cap - fans can read our exclusive interview with Lewis by clicking here.

Click here for a full gallery of the defender in action at Wembley Stadium last week – supporters can also get their commemorative scarves from Seagulls Direct here.

Leon Balogun and Percy Tau crossed paths when Nigeria met South Africa on Saturday afternoon, with the game finishing in a 1-1 draw which saw Balogun and the Super Eagles qualify for next summer’s AFCON tournament in Cameroon.

Tau claimed a stylish assist for Lebo Mothiba to level the scores after an own goal had given Nigeria a first-half lead. 

South Africa then played out a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Tuesday evening, and Tau was on the scoresheet this time as he levelled the scores late on against the side's South American opponents.

Elsewhere on the continent, Gaetan Bong and Cameroon fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Morocco at the weekend – but the side remain in second place with one game left of their AFCON qualifying campaign, whilst the defender wore the armband as he captained the side last night against Brazil at Stadium MK.

Beram Kayal and Israel were resounding 7-0 winners over Guatemala on Thursday night, before falling to a 3-2 loss to Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening - the midfielder gave the visitors the lead with a fantastic strike from range, but it was the hosts who prevailed to seal a Euro 2020 play-off spot at the top of the Nations League Group C.

Maty Ryan and Australia played out a 1-1 draw with South Korea on Saturday – with the Albion stopper making a superb save during the contest. 

The Socceroos were then 3-0 winners against Lebanon on Tuesday with the goalkeeper playing the first half – and Ryan will now complete his journey back to the south coast which has seen him clock up over 40,000 miles in recent times. 

Click here to read more on the goalkeeper's marathon set of journeys.

Shane Duffy kept a clean sheet as the Republic of Ireland played out a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland on Thursday night at the AVIVA Stadium, and then achieved a second shutout against Denmark with another 0-0 draw on Monday evening.


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