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28/03/2009 21:47, Report by Adam Bostock
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Internationals: Trio on target

Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans and Carlos Tevez all scored for their respective countries as a host of Reds took part in international fixtures this weekend.

Rooney netted twice in the last 20 minutes as England beat Slovakia 4-0 in a friendly; Ben Foster played the second half in goal as substitute for David James and Michael Carrick enjoyed a late cameo after replacing Peter Crouch in the 74th minute. Another sub with United connections, former Reds midfielder David Beckham, made history with his 109th international appearance - he's now England's most capped outfield player.

Rio Ferdinand was absent from the action, however; the United defender was ruled out on Friday with back and groin complaints. Hopefully he will be fit to face Aston Villa next weekend, when he's likely to partner Jonny Evans, a scorer for Northern Ireland. Evans put his team 2-1 up just after half-time; Northern Ireland eventually beat Poland 3-2 in Belfast and are now top of Group 3 in the World Cup qualifying competition.

Carlos Tevez helped Argentina to stay on course for South Africa 2010, netting the second goal of a convincing 4-0 win over Venezuela after Barcelona's in-form Lionel Messi had opened the scoring. Tevez was substituted 19 minutes from time but no injury was reported on FIFA.com.

A slender 1-0 win away to second-placed Lithuania has boosted the qualifying hopes of Patrice Evra and co. The United full-back played the entire match for France, won by a goal from Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. Nemanja Vidic's Serbia are three points clear at the top of the same qualifying group, after winning 3-2 in Romania. The United centre-back was named man of the match for his commanding 90-minute display.

Ji-sung Park's Korea Republic were also victorious, albeit in a friendly against Iraq (2-1). Park's next game on Wednesday is the big one - a meeting with (North) Korea DPR in Seoul, with the leadership of their qualifying group at stake.

The weekend brought disappointing results for United's other international players. The World Cup dreams of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani were dealt a blow when Portugal were surprisingly held 0-0 at home by Sweden. Ronaldo captained Carlos Queiroz's side for the full 90 minutes, while Nani looked on from the bench. Portugal are now third in Group 1, four points adrift

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