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International Blues help England, Scotland and Ireland to victories

Five Evertonians were on the winning side for their countries over the weekend

Ian Walton

It was a successful weekend for Everton's international contingent, as five Toffees contributed to wins for their respective countries.

Steven Naismith played 80 minutes of Scotland's 1-0 win over Georgia at Ibrox, with the in-form forward unlucky not to get on the score sheet as his side struggled to put away their chances. Shaun Maloney's heavily deflected strike was ultimately enough to give the Scots a much-needed first victory of their European Championship qualification campaign.

Meanwhile, both Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady managed the full 90 minutes in Ireland's significantly less taxing win over Gibraltar. McGeady assisted Robbie Keane in the fourth minute to kick off the striker's first half hattrick, and the Irish went on to score six more to put Europe's newest international side to bed.

Finally, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines played in England's thoroughly underwhelming 1-0 win over Estonia. Jags scored his third England goal against San Marino on Thursday, and both he and Baines contributed to a solid enough defensive display in Estonia, but only a Wayne Rooney free kick prevented the Three Lions from notching an embarrassing draw, with the home side reduced to ten men early in the second half.

Wins all round then, but more importantly everyone came through unscathed. The last thing Everton need right now is more injuries.