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14/08/2013 13:09, Report by Adam Marshall
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International Reds round-up

Shinji Kagawa scored for Japan in their international friendly defeat to Uruguay on Wednesday.

The United star warmed up for the start of the new season this weekend by netting on 55 minutes, after a defensive mix-up left him with a simple tap-in from close range. However, the South Americans ran out 4-2 victors with former Red Diego Forlan grabbing two of the goals.

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans is expected to be in World Cup qualifier action tonight when Northern Ireland entertain Russia in a rearranged fixture.

The United centre-back picked up an ankle injury during the 1-1 draw against AIK Fotboll in Stockholm but has linked up with his country ahead of the Belfast encounter.

There are a host of friendlies taking place with England versus Scotland at Wembley the pick of the bunch. Ashley Young and Michael Carrick's withdrawal still leaves six United players involved for Roy Hodgson's men - Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Wilfried Zaha and Danny Welbeck.

Portugal face the Netherlands in Faro but Nani has pulled out of the home team's squad due to injury. Nonetheless, Robin van Persie will captain

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Reds in action

Belgium v FRANCE:
Patrice Evra

CHILE v Iraq:
Angelo Henriquez

ENGLAND v Scotland:
Tom Cleverley
Phil Jones
Wayne Rooney
Chris Smalling
Danny Welbeck
Wilfried Zaha

JAPAN v Uruguay:
Shinji Kagawa

N.IRELAND v Russia:
Jonny Evans

Portugal v NETHERLANDS:
Robin van Persie



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