International: Wickham With An Impressive Cameo For England's Young Lions

Laurence Griffiths

You may have spotted one or two Sunderland players in action during the international break, but here's our breakdown of how every single of on of them on international duty did.

First up on the international fixture list for us was a little check on the progress of Jordan Pickford, the young third choice 'keeper who's been a regular for the England Under-19 side of late.

He started the 3-1 win over Denmark at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium, and in the main had quite a quiet game with little to do. Unfortunately the Dane's goal could be blamed on him as he caught a cross but lost control of it upon hitting the ground, allowing Danny Amankwaa to tap home from close range.

As we say, he had a quiet game making all the routine saves you'd expect, but also he managed to pull off a couple of neat saves when required, notably in the second half from Cristian Norgaard.

Pickford was replaced by Northampton Town's Dean Snedker with five minutes left to go.

Connor Wickham appeared from the bench and continued his rich vein of scoring for the Young Lions as they demolished Sweden 4-0 in Walsall.

Coming on as a half time substitute for Benik Afobe, Wickham really put the Swedes to the sword with a dominant performance. Almost immediately he set up Tom Ince for what would be his hattrick had it not been for a good save from Andreas Linde.

Wickham got himself on the scoresheet with 15 minutes to go, nodding in Henri Lansbury's cross from close range for his fourth goal in five games at this level.

A decent outing for him, and with the arrival of Danny Graham a timely reminder to Martin O'Neill that he's still about and ready to go if needed.

Steven Fletcher started for Scotland in their 1-0 win against Estonia in Gordon Strachan's first game in charge of the national side. The game itself was poor as you might expect, but a win is a win and Fletcher nearly got himself on the scoresheet after just 20 minutes when he headed narrowly over the bar.

Fletcher showed good hold up play to bring others into the fray before being with drawn -- not through injury -- on 67-minutes for Kenny Miller. Phil Bardsley was an unused substitute.

Seb Larsson started for Sweden in their home encounter with Argentina as they slumped to a 2-3 defeat. Larsson started the game on the right wing and was fairly non-descript throughout. He got through 90-minutes which is a plus, but the performance didn't impress.

David Vaughan started in a three-man midfield for Wales as they beat Austria 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium last night before being replaced at half time.

Vaughan played in Craig Bellamy for an excellent chance after just 15-minutes which was about his best moment before being subbed. Other than that it was bog-standard Vaughan stuff. Simple passing, nothing to overly write home about.

Both James McClean and John O'Shea started for Ireland in their 2-0 win over Poland.

McClean fired in plenty of crosses and looked a danger throughout. Perhaps feeling the benefit of being kept out the starting lineup on Wearside for a few weeks now. On the half hour he had a chance of his own but lost his footing as danger slipped away.

McClean took a very rough challenge as the half ended but thankfully he was ok to continue for a while before being replaced midway through the second half by Simon Cox.

John O'Shea captained the side and played the full 90-minutes but was given little to do defensively, and what little he did have to do he did well.

Keiren Westwood as expected was an unused substitute for the Irish, as was Simon Mignolet in Belgium's 2-1 home win over Slovakia.

Ji Dong-Won was in action for South Korea as they were beaten 4-0 by Croatia at Craven Cottage. Ji had an effort on goal which was tipped over with relative ease by Stipe Pletikosa in the Croatian goal, other than that he like his teammates barely had a sniff as they were comprehensively beaten.

Finally, Ahmed Elmohamady was not involved for Egypt in their defeat to Chile as for some bizarre reason he had problems with his papers required to leave the country. These footballers eh?

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