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International Round-up: Fletcher Finds Form

We take a look at how Sunderland players fared in the latest round of international fixtures.

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Steven Fletcher finally hit form in the latest round of internationals, while Seb Larsson, John O'Shea, Costel Pantilimon and Sebastian Coates also featured for their countries.

Steven Fletcher

Fletcher scored a hat-trick in Scotland's 6-1 win over Gibraltar in Group D of the European Championship Qualifying at Hampden Park. The home side had been pegged back to 1-1 by the minnows when Fletcher scored his first after 29 minutes:

Scotland extended their lead to 4-1 thanks to Shaun Maloney's second penalty of the game and Steven Naismith before Fletcher scored his second header of the game:

Fletcher then rounded off the scoring with a neat finish from just inside the box:

That hat-trick was the first scored by a Scotland player for 46 years and leaves the Scots in joint second place in Group D with Germany, one point behind Poland.

Fletcher also played just over an hour in Scotland's 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland before being replaced by Jordan Rhodes. The striker had a couple of chances of note but was twice denied by Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

Seb Larsson

Larsson played twice for Sweden during the international break, the first coming as he started and played 81 minutes in Sweden's 2-0 Euro Qualifying win in Moldova. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as Sweden remain in second place in Group G behind Austria.

The midfielder came on just before half-time in Sweden's 3-1 friendly win over Iran last night, replacing the injured Emil Forsberg. After Ibrahimovic and Marcus Berg had given the hosts a 2-1 lead, Larsson's pinpoint cross allowed Ola Toivonen to head home:

Costel Pantilimon

Pantilimon started in Romania's 1-0 Euro Qualifying win over Faroe Islands. Although the big goalkeeper was a spectator for most of the match, as the home side dominated but only had Claudiu Keseru's goal to show for their efforts, Pantilimon had to be at his best at the death to deny the visitors a share of the spoils:

John O'Shea

The Sunderland skipper played the full 90 minutes against Poland as Shane Long rescued a point in stoppage time for Martin O'Neill's men. Slawomir Peszko had given the Poles the lead in the 26th minute but Southampton's Long lifted the ball over Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski in the 91st minute.

That was the last round of the international games for this season, with the next round of fixtures scheduled for June.

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