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International update | One wins his 94th cap, another scores for England

Gunter makes goalline clearance while Loader finds the net for the Three Lions...

22 March 2019

Royals right back and Wales record-breaker Chris Gunter played the full 90 minutes to pick up his 94th cap as Ryan Giggs' side edged past Trinidad and Tobago with a 1-0 in Wrexham earlier this week.

Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn scored two minutes into injury time to hand the Welsh victory in the team's return to the Racecourse Ground for a decade.

Wrexham's home is recognised as the world’s oldest football stadium that still hosts international matches - having staged Wales’ first home match back in 1877. And this 1-0 win was the first Wales international game hosted in Wrexham since a 3-0 victory over Norway back in February 2008.

Gunter played in that match eleven years ago - managed by John Toshack, a Jason Koumas brace earned the Welsh the win back in 2008. And Gunter was the only player on the pitch against Trinidad and Tobago to have played in the previous national fixture in Wrexham.

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The Royals defender made his mark too, producing a crucial clearance off the line to deny Aubrey David in the second half to help preserve a clean sheet for his country.

Gunter's Wales will get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign under way on Sunday against Slovakia as they look to qualify for their second successive European Championships.

Elsewhere, our 18-year-old striker Danny Loader played the full game and scored for England's Under-19 side in a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic at St George's Park.

Loader's England kicked-off their U19 EURO elite qualifying round with a comfortable win in the end; a Bukayo Saka brace and goals for Marc Guehi and Loader wrapping up a dominant display.

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England went behind early on but levelled before half-time and went on to score three more after the break, Loader putting the icing on the cake with a sidefooted finish from substitute Tariq Lamptey’s cross from the left.

The victory gave Keith Downing’s side a strong start as they look to top a group also including Greece and Denmark to secure a place at this summer’s finals in Armenia.


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