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International Roundup: Mignolet Quiet As England Beat Belgium 1-0

Simon Mignolet kept goal for Belgium against England this weekend, and there were plenty of other Sunderland players in action too.
Simon Mignolet kept goal for Belgium against England this weekend, and there were plenty of other Sunderland players in action too.

It's been another busy weekend of international football as some teams prepare for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine this summer, while others begin qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

There's a couple of Sunderland players, and related players in action to report on, including Simon Mignolet for Belgium against England and Ahmed Elmohamady (for now) against Mozambique, so let's get on with things...

Ahmed Elmohamady kicked off Sunderland's involvement this international weekend by playing at right back for Egypt in their 2-0 win over Mozambique. Elmo created a great chance for Mohammed 'Gedo' Nagy after twenty minutes, and enjoyed a solid performance, despite the visiting side not posing a huge amount of threat.

Simon Mignolet started in goal for Belgium after sitting out their previous game, and didn't have an awful lot to do to be honest. In a game as dull as dishwater, our current number one had absolutely nothing to do until he picked the ball out of the net following ex-SAFC man Danny Welbeck's chipped effort. Mignolet stood up well, but it was a sublime finish and very little he could do about it.

Mignolet was a by stander for the rest of the game as England rarely managed a shot on target of note, and was left standing still again as late on Jermain Defoe struck the far post with a low effort. A reasonable outing for Mignolet in a game lacking quality.

Local lad and of course former Sunderland man Jordan Henderson also featured late in the game for England, inexplicably coming on to boos from the moron section as he replaced Steven Gerrard.

This was it really as far as our current players were involved. James McClean and John O'Shea are expected to play some part for Ireland against Hungary tomorrow, while Kieren Westwood has an outside chance as Shay Given suffers blistered feet. We'll report on that later this week.

Nicklas Bendtner played the full 90 minutes for Denmark in their 2-0 win against Australia in Copenhagen. Bendtner did ok in a game which Denmark had the better of, however he wasted a glorious chance towards the end of the game, screwing wide when it looked easier to score.

In Africa, Asamoah Gyan sat out Ghana's 7-0 win over Lesotho as he continues with his latest international 'retirement' as the Black Stars cruised to victory, captained by former SAFC midfielder Sully Muntari. For Benin, Stephane Sessegnon will miss today's game with Mali after being left out to recover from a long Premier League season.

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