While many of us are currently missing the joys of Premier League football due to the international break, many of our favourite stars are still giving their all on the pitch in order to help their respective nations qualify for Euro 2012.
However, how successful have they been and which players look to have the kind of form which many fans will be hoping can be replicated in their league games next weekend?
Maik Tayor (Birmingham City, Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy- In one of the best displays for his nation, Taylor proved pivotal in Northern Ireland’s point against group leaders Italy as the experience keeper made countless saves to keep the game level.
Jonny Evans (Manchester United, Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy) – The Manchester United defender had one of his best games in international football as a strong Northern Irish rear guard was able to keep a strong Italian side at bay for what could prove to be an important point in their qualification attempts
Gael Clichy (Arsenal, France 2-0 Romania) – Provided great attacking support down the left hand side all evening while still remaining solid defensively in what proved to be a comfortable 2-0 home victory in front of an expectant French crowd.
Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic, Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland) – Despite losing 1-0 in what was a close encounter in Prague, the experienced defender gave a solid account of himself playing in the unfamiliar role of midfield, providing a solid defensive presence in front of the back four.
Herita Ilunga (West Ham, Cameroon 1-1 D.R. Congo) – The defender grabbed his first international goal as Congo recorded a great away point against Cameroon with Ilunga proving a key component on the left hand side.
Nani (Manchester United, Portugal 3-1 Denmark) – The 23 year old proved to be the main driving force, scoring the first two or the home sides three goals, as Portugal looked to get their stuttering campaign back on track with a solid win over Demark.
Rafael Van Der Vaart (Tottenham, Moldova 0-1 Netherlands) – In what proved to be a rather unconvincing away victory for the Dutch, the Spurs star proved to be one of the livelier players as he played in striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar to grab the only goal of the game just before half time.
Zoltan Gera (Fulham, Hungary 8-0 San Marino) – While San Marino aren’t the strongest opponents in Hungary’s qualification campaign, the Fulham midfielder gave a strong account of himself, working tirelessly for 90 minutes, setting up a goal and later scoring one himself.
Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham, Israel 1-2 Croatia) – Despite struggling for a first team place at White Hart Lane so far this season, the 26 year old was the star of the show for him country and his two goals set up a great Croatian away win.
David Silva (Manchester City, Spain 3-1 Lithuania) – The 24 year old returned to his international scoring ways as he grabbed the third, giving City boss Roberto Mancini something to think about, in what proved to be a comfortable home win for the reigning world champions.
John Carew (Aston Villa, Cyprus 1-2 Norway) – After making a stuttering start to his Premier League season, the former Valencia man proved he can still work his magic on the international stage as he grabbed Norway’s second goal to seal what proved to be a difficult away win.
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