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International Blues – A Hard Night

It’s not been the best of nights for Blues international players for varying reasons in the second of the international games in the break.

Jack Butland kept another clean sheet as England u21 beat Serbia 2-0 on aggregate to qualify for the Euro u21 Championships in Israel next year. Unlike the first game Butland was called into service on a few occasions to keep the Serbs from scoring and he looked a much more commanding and imposing figure than we have seen at St Andrews, claiming high balls and commanding his area despite the noise from the Serb fans behind him.

Jack Butland found himself as one of the chief peacemakers after the final whistle in disgraceful scenes as in the light of racist chanting from the home fans tempers on the pitch frayed and several fights broke out. Butland can be seen leading players away from trouble; his imposing 6’5 frame helping to keep potential trouble away.

Keith Fahey was an unused substitute as the Republic of Ireland beat the Faeroe Islands 4-1 in Torshavn. Fahey was dropped from the team as boss Trapattoni moved to a four man midfield to allow him an extra man up front against the much weaker team.

Will Packwood was an injury-time substitute in the US u20’s 3-2 win over Azerbaijan u21s in Marbella. The Young American side wrapped up their Spanish training camp with a win over the Azeris with goals from Cuevas, Rodriguez and Joya.

Fraser Kerr played ninety minutes as Scotland u21s finished their trip to Marbella with a 2-0 win over Canada thanks to goals from Stuart Armstrong and Tony Watt. The defender, who is on loan at Scottish Premier League side has made great strides this year, getting regular game time at Fir Park and will be pleased to have picked up his first Scotland u21 caps.

Jonathan Spector was again overlooked for a place in the starting eleven by Jurgen Klinsmann as USA looked for the point they need to qualify for the final qualifying tournament of six teams for Brazil 2014.

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9 Responses to “International Blues – A Hard Night”

  • Think of the children says:

    “It’s not been the best of nights for Blues international players”

    Are you sure? Quoting this article…
    “Jack Butland kept another clean sheet as England u21 beat Serbia 2-0 on aggregate”
    Win, played
    “Keith Fahey was an unused substitute as the Republic of Ireland beat the Faeroe Islands 4-1 ”
    Win, not needed
    “Will Packwood was an injury-time substitute in the US u20′s 3-2 win over Azerbaijan”
    Win, played
    “Fraser Kerr played ninety minutes as Scotland u21s finished their trip to Marbella with a 2-0 win over Canada”
    Win, played

    Spector didn’t play, but other than that, what does it take for it to count as a good night?

    • almajir says:

      Let’s read the article and try again.

      Butland – won, played, involved in a pitch battle in a really rough scenario, stuff chucked at him during game
      Fahey – didn’t play
      Packwood – played 1 minute
      Kerr – played, won
      Spector – didn’t play.

      • DoctorD says:

        But three out of five players either not playing or playing 1 minute — that’s hardly “a hard night”. Unless you mean not playing is “hard.

  • Paulo says:

    Yes it was a tough night, and I suppose I should expect that Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland football is always shown on sky and means a trip to the pub to watch it, which p***es me off no end. So I guess Fahey not playing might only be a good thing for us (from another point of view).
    BUT ..I’m amazed at the lack of response on here about the diabolical treatment that the England U21’s recieved last night. Absolute shame on Serbia as a country, a team, their officials and their stewards and not forgetting their management of the stadium too. After this mornings interview on sky sports news with Danny Rose, he made it clear before kick off what was going on and was told to simply carry on and things will be dealt with after the match. Oh, things did get ugly, but from experience, things always get ugly when they are not controlled and contained. Then the Serbian FA respond with labelling certain English players with improper conduct!
    This will go on and if the relevant governing bodies of European and International football do nothing, then they are only condoning racist, volatile and physical voilence from Serbian fans and (allegedly) Serbian players too. Then comes the bit about this country being hounded by the ‘kick it out’ campaign and not forgetting the ‘respect’ campaign on behalf of the ref’s.
    It is quite obvious that Nikola Zigic might be alienated by a few for this, but I hope not, but I do think players and fans here at Birmingham City have a history of accepting people no matter if they are black, white, orange or purple anyway.
    I may be just one voice, but I do hope and pray that this is not swept under the carpet.

    • almajir says:

      I have to say I agree and that I’m appalled by the actions of the Serbian FA. Down to UEFA to come down hard on them (which I don’t think they will)

  • Wingman Blue says:

    Same day – Serbian FA rails against conduct of England players….Radovan Karadzic says “I’m peace-loving and tolerant” . You couldn’t make it up.

  • Tom says:

    Just for your reference and note pad England u21s 1-0 not 2,

    • almajir says:

      Tom

      I’ve highlighted the pertinent words for you.

      England u21 beat Serbia 2-0 on aggregate

      If you’re going to be a pedant, be an accurate one…


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