Sunderland winger James McClean has made a return to international football for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly against Oman.
After recent comments made on social networking site Twitter following his appearance as an unused substitute against Kazakhstan, McClean played the last 30 minutes of the game that Giovanni Trapattoni’s side won 4-1 at Craven Cottage.
He replaced Wolves striker Kevin Doyle in a game where fellow Sunderland midfielder David Meyler made his debut for the national side.
Meyler had previously been involved in many squads under Trapattoni but played the full match against Oman.
Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye started France’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus.
Blaise Matuidi replaced Cabaye after 74 minutes of the Group I encounter with France 2-1 up.
Shane Ferguson was Newcastle’s other international representative as he played for Northern Ireland in their 1-1 draw with Luxembourg.
He, like Cabaye played 74 minutes of the game that Northern Ireland were just 3 minutes away from winning after Dean Shiels had given them a 14th minute lead which Daniel Da Mota equalised late-on.
Elsewhere Sunderland midfielders Sebastian Larsson and David Vaughan featured for Sweden and Wales respectively.
Larsson played the full match as Sweden beat Kazakhstan 2-0 in Malmo and Vaughan was half-time substitute for Wales in their 6-1 defeat away to Serbia.
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