England sXI: Hart; Johnson Baines Lescott Terry; Milner Gerrard (Carrick 45′) Lampard Cleverley Oxlade-Chamberlain (Walcott 58′); Defoe (Welbeck 68′)
England’s Frank Lampard extended his excellent penalty record by scoring a 4′ penalty against Moldova. He scored a second with his head on 29′ before Jermain Defoe added a third (32′) seeing the Three Lions take control of the match before the halftime whistle. Goals for James Milner (74′) and Leighton Baines (83′) saw England run out 0-5 winners.
Ruddy, Jagielka, Cahill, Bertrand, Walker and Sturridge were unused substitutes for the Three Lions. The BBC is reporting that “John Terry has a twisted ankle and is injury concern ahead of Ukraine. Steven Gerrard taken off at half time only as precaution.”
Republic of Ireland sXI: Westwood; Ward O’Shea St. Ledger O’Dea; Whelan McGeady McCarthy; Keane Walters (Long 70′) Cox (Doyle 57′)
Republic of Ireland won their qualifier against Kazakhstan 1-2, with goals from Robbie Keane (89′ Pen) and Kevin Doyle (90′) snatching a late victory. Appears everyone came through unscathed as well.
Northern Ireland sXI: Carroll; Baird Hughes McAuley Evans; Cathcart Brunt Davies Evans (Sheils 84′); Lafferty Ward (Little 76′)
Northern Ireland lost to Russia 2-0 and the scoreline could have well been worse had a 16′ penalty been awarded when West Brom defender McAuley caught Vladimir Bystrov late inside the penalty area.
France sXI: Lloris; Evra Reveillere Sakho Yangambiwa; Cabaye (Matuidi 72′) Diaby Mavuba; Menez (Valbuena 62′) Ribery (Gomis 88′) Benzema
France managed another victory, winning against Finland on a goal from Arsenal’s Abou Diaby (20′). Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Gael Clichy were unused substitutes for France. New Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris posted a cleansheet and made two saves as he continues to be first choice for France while seemingly behind Brad Friedel despite the frantic scramble to secure his signature on Deadline Day at White Hart Lane.
Bosnia-Herzegovina sXI: Begovic; Spahic Vranjes Sunjic; Misimovic (Svraka 78′) Sahilovic Pjanic (Vrancic 79′) Vrsajevic; Dzeko Ibisevic
Bosnia-Herzegovina romped to an 1-8 victory over Liechtenstein. There were hat-tricks for Vedad Ibisevic and Manchester City’s Eden Dzeko (46′ 64′ 81′) while Dinamo Moscow’s Zvjezdan Misimovic hit a brace of his own. The most important news was Dzeko getting a full 90′ and showing a lethal touch. Still no word on the extent of Balotelli’s absence or a set return date for Kun Aguero. Dzeko’s side face Stoke City and Arsenal in the two matches following the break – he is priced at £7.5m and is selected in 4.0% of Fantasy Premier League sides. No reason to invest but as a short term play, he certainly looks capable of finding the net.
Hungary sXI: Bogdan; Liptak Juhasz Vanczak Laczko Korcsmar; Gera (Priskin 45′) Hajnal Koman Dzsudzsak; Szalai
Hungary earned a win over Andorra. West Brom’s Zoltan Gera scored a penalty in the 33′ to put Hungary ahead 0-2 at the half and was withdrawn to for tactical reasons when the second half began. Gera continues to play well, having scored in the 3-0 win over Liverpool on opening day. Gera has not played a minute for the Baggies since and does not posses much fantasy EPL value at the moment. Hungary finished the match with three more goals in the second half to record a 0-5 victory.
UPDATE: Sky Sports is reporting that Gera was substituted at the half due to an achilles injury:
The 33-year-old felt pain in his Achilles during the interval after picking up a knock in the first half and was withdrawn. Hungary coach Sandor Egervari has confirmed that Gera is not expected to feature against Holland on Tuesday.
Croatia sXI: Pletikosa; Corluka Simunic Strinic; Srna Rakitic (Kranjcar 46′) Modric Vukojevic Perisic; Eduardo (Jelavic 63′) Mandzukic
Croatia substitute Nikica Jelavic made an instant impact. The 63′ substitute scored a header in 68′ and ensured that Croatia clinched three vital points in their qualifying campaign. The Toffee’s striker has been good for Moyes’ side this term. With three starts, 264′ played and a goal against Aston Villa, the £8.5m rated forward is providing modest initial returns for fantasy EPL managers. Everton hosts Newcastle in gameweek four before traveling to Liberty Stadium to face Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City in gameweek 5.
Wales sXI: Myhill; Collins Bale Gunther Williams Matthews; Edwards (King 79′) Blake Ramsey; Morison (Vokes 71′) Church (Robson-Kanu 71′)
Belgium sXI: Courtois; Kompany Vertonghen Vermaelen Gillet; Fellaini Witsel Mertens Hazard; Mirallas (Lukaku 45′) Dembele (De Bruyne 64′)
Wales was reduced to ten men after West Ham’s James Collins saw red on 26′. Belgium saw out the rest of the match with a professional 0-2 victory goals from Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany (42′) and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen (82′). The starting lineups for both sides contained a number of Premier League players and most played the full 90′. Apart from Collins’ red card, there were no early changes and we’ll wait for updates from training camp but expect everyone has come through unscathed.
Belgium’s lineup is a who’s who of important fantasy EPL players including Fantasy Premier League selection leaders like Hazard (38%), Kompany (23.2%) and Vermaelen (14.3%). Wales had several high profile players of their own with Bale (14.2%) playing in defense alongside Swansea’s Ashley Williams (15.5%).
Netherlands sXI: Krul; Heitinga (Vlaar 86′) Janmaat (Van Rhijn 45′) Willems Indi; Strootman Sneijder Claise (Fer 50′); Robben Van Persie Narsingh
Turkey and Netherlands also met with a number of Barclays Premier League players getting minutes. Notably, on-loan Liverpool player Nuri Sahin was a 60′ substitute for Turkey. Van Persie’s headed goal (16′) was the only goal until a 90′ strike from Luciano Narsingh ensured the three points for Holland. Newcastle’s Tim Krul kept a clean sheet, recording five saves in an solid performance. Alan Pardew will be looking for performances of this caliber from his #1 as the Magpies continue to be beset by injuries to their defensive line.
And The Rest: Johan Djourou played 90′ in Switzerland’s 0-2 victory over Slovenia; Reading’s Kaspars Gorkss played 90′ and was cautioned in Latvia’s 1-2 loss to Greece,; Lukasz Fabianski was on the bench for Poland in their 2-2 draw with Montenegro; Fabio Borini was an unused Italy sub in their 2-2 draw with Bulgaria; Nani played 81′ for Portugal in their 1-2 victory over Luxembourg – replaced by Ressureicao Ruben Micael.