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Posted: Mon 15 Oct 2012
Author: rovers.co.uk

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It was a busy weekend for those Rovers players away on international duty as all featured for their respective countries.

On Friday night Martin Olsson played the full match in Torshavn as Sweden had to come from behind to beat the Faroe Islands 2-1 in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The visitors were stunned when the minnows took the lead on 57 minutes through Baldvinsson but the Swedes quickly rallied, taking just 18 minutes to turn the game around thanks to strikes from Kacaniklic and Ibrahimovic.

The win sees Sweden maintain their 100% start to the qualifying campaign, but that will be sorely tested this Tuesday when they face Germany in Berlin.

Also in action on Friday night were England's Under-21s as they were up against Serbia in a qualification play-off for next summer's finals in Israel.

Jason Lowe started the game on the bench but played the full second half after an injury to Jack Rodwell.

Stuart Pearce's side take a slender lead into Tuesday's return fixture, West Brom defender Craig Dawson's 66th-minute penalty giving England a narrow advantage.

Young Rovers' forward Tim Payne had the furthest to travel as his New Zealand side had a World Cup qualifier against Tahiti.

Payne started once again to earn his fourth cap for his country as the All Whites secured a 2-0 win in Papeete.

A goal in each half did the damage from Smeltz and Sigmund as Payne played all but 17 minutes of the encounter.

The two sides go head-to-head once more this Tuesday in Christchurch.

Sunday saw Jamie Maclaren feature for Australia's Under-20 side in their 2nd friendly match against Portugal. The Rovers reserve forward playing the last 20 minutes as the Young Socceroos lost 4-1 in Lisbon.

Staying in Portugal, Rovers wideman Fabio Nunes could earn his first cap at Under-21 level when the Portuguese take on the Ukraine in Moreira Conegos this evening.