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Rhodes at the double

Posted: Wed 14 Nov 2012
Author: rovers.co.uk

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Star striker bags a brace for Scotland on a successful evening of internationals.

All of the Rovers players on international duty saw action for their countries on Wednesday evening.

On a successful night, none of the players involved were on a losing side.

Making the headlines for Rovers fans was Jordan Rhodes who bagged a first half brace as Scotland defeated Luxembourg 2-1 in an international friendly.

Rhodes and fellow Rover Grant Hanley both started for Billy Stark's side and quickly raced into a two-goal lead thanks to the striker.

Luxembourg improved in the second half and Krogh Gerson made it a nervy period for the Scots when he scored two minutes after the turnaround.

Rhodes thought he had grabbed his hat-trick when he headed home late on, he went on to play all but added time for the Scots. Hanley played the full match to earn his fourth cap.

On World Cup qualifying duty was Simon Vukcevic as Montenegro took on San Marino.

The Rovers midfielder captained the Montenegrins as they made light work of their opponents with a comfortable 3-0 win in Podgorica.

The victory sees them leapfrog England at the top of Group H.

England were in friendly action against Sweden at the opening of the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Martin Olsson played the first 45 minutes for the Swedes in a scintillating game in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic took the plaudits.

The Swedish captain opened the scoring for the home side only to see that lead overturned by goals from Danny Wellbeck and Steven Caulker as England lead at the break.

But the Swedes' talisman would score three further goals, including a quite sensational fourth in added time to register victory.

In Shanghai, Tim Payne played the full match for New Zealand as they drew 1-1 with China.

Peng Zhao gave the home side the lead on the half hour, but Chris Wood equalised just before the break.