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Trio make history

7 February 2013

Royals international report

Royals trio Jobi McAnuff, Adrian Mariappa and Garath McCleary helped Jamaica make history as Mexico were denied a win at home for the first time in 12 years! 

In front of approximately 40,000 supporters at the Azteca Stadium, McCleary made his debut for the Reggae Boys, while McAnuff made his first appearance in more than ten years on a terrific night for Jamaica - who have a genuine chances of qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Mapps was solid in defence alongside his former Watford central defensive partner Nyron Nosworthy - and denied the likes of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez from making a breakthrough.

Jobi came agonisingly close to scoring on his return as he hit the post - but a 0-0 draw was enough to record a extremely positive result and end the Olympic Champions' 19-game winning streak at home.

Another Royals trio also featured last night - as Chris Gunter, Hal Robson-Kanu and Simon Church all came off the bench to help preserve Wales' 2-1 lead over Austria. Alex Pearce was an unused sub for Ireland as they saw off Poland with a 2-0 win.

Kaspars Gorkss played the full 90 as Latvia lost to Japan 3-0 in Yokohama, Adam Federici played the second half in Australia's 3-2 defeat to Romania while young goalkeeper Jon Henly featured for Scotland U19s in their 2-1 defeat to Holland in Amsterdam.

Elsewhere, Royals youngster Dominic Samuel scored for England under-19s in 3-1 win over Denmark - full story here. You can also watch his goal from 2 minutes 49 seconds by clicking here.

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