On Tuesday evening, Chris Gunter came off the bench at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to help Wales see out a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland – earning his 91st cap in the process!
Replacing goalscorer Harry Wilson in the late stages of the UEFA Nations League match, our Welsh full-back took his tally to 91 appearances for the Dragons – just one away from the all-time record held by goalkeeper Neville Southall.
With Wales scheduled to meet Denmark and Albania in November, Gunter could be the outright holder of the Dragons’ cap record by the end of the year. That is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he is nearly 10 years younger than goalie Southall was when he made 92nd and final appearance for Wales!
Wilson’s free-kick, just before the hour-mark on Tuesday evening, was enough to settle matters and condemn the Irish to defeat and to leave Wales top of Group B4. Royals midfield man David Meyler watched on from the bench for the hosts.
That was the extent of things on the international front at senior level – Andy Yiadom’s fixtures for Ghana were cancelled against Sierra Leone, Anssi Jaakkola was an unused sub in Finland’s win against Greece on Monday (remarkably, their fifth straight victory), and Saeid Ezatolahi wasn’t risked in a friendly fixture for Iran against Bolivia.
At youth level, Tom McIntyre was an unused sub for Scotland’s Under-21s as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to their England counterparts at Tynecastle, while Danny Loader came off the bench for the final 12 minutes in England Under-19s’ 6-2 win against Macedonia at St George’s Park.